Are your employees constantly having to get up and adjust the thermostat? Do areas of your office receive better air supply than others? Perhaps it’s time you look into HVAC automation. As technology continually expands, automation helps in a number of ways, including increased employee comfort and better building efficiency. Let’s take a look at the overall benefits of HVAC automation and how your business could use it in today’s world.
Improved HVAC Performance
HVAC automation is a great way to improve your HVAC performance. With automated controls (think smart thermostats, sensor detectors, etc.), your HVAC system can operate on a schedule that best suits you and your employees or other household members’ needs. No more running your system for excessive amounts of time or having to get up at inopportune moments to shut off that long-running AC or heater of yours.
Instead, your system can shut off automatically when programmed to. You can also invest in sensor technology, which can detect movement in a room and turn your HVAC system on whenever someone enters. In turn, this improves HVAC performance by prolonging its lifespan, as parts won’t be unnecessarily running and being subject to fatigue.
Increased Employee Comfort and Productivity
The benefits of HVAC automation go beyond improved HVAC performance. Employees are more comfortable and productive when the temperature is right, which means they’re healthier, happier and generally more inclined to work hard.
Moreover, they won’t be saddled down with having to run to the thermostat to adjust the room’s temperature at all times. This is effective as it increases employee productivity by cutting out wasted time and energy having to step away from the desk for no reason — especially when processes can be automated.
And while no one likes being uncomfortably hot or cold at work, there are serious health risks associated with extreme temperatures:
- Hot Temperatures: Heat stress can cause dizziness or fainting; dehydration; skin infections; muscle cramps; heat exhaustion or stroke if combined with exertion; kidney damage if prolonged exposure occurs without adequate hydration
- Cold Temperatures: Cold stress can lead to muscle stiffness — especially for those that spend prolonged periods sitting at a computer. This ups the possibility of developing ailments such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as blood flow is restricted, thus putting excess pressure on the median nerve.
HVAC Automation Saves Money
HVAC automation can help you save money in the long run, both in terms of energy costs and maintenance. Fewer moving parts mean less output on your system’s parts, which means less energy is wasted and saved on your electric bill.
In addition to this, HVAC automation cuts costs when it comes to labor. If your system is running on an automated schedule, there’s less opportunity for your system parts to get overworked and fatigued. This means you have less of a chance of needing maintenance done to your system.
This, however, doesn’t mean the need for maintenance is completely eliminated. Dust, dirt, debris, and standing water can and still will accumulate in your HVAC system — so it’s important to be extra vigilant about such.
HVAC Automation at Air Ideal
HVAC automation is a phenomenal process for saving money, increasing employee productivity, and prolonging the life of your HVAC system. At Air Ideal, we take pride in ensuring top-notch HVAC performance. With nearly a century in the industry, Air Ideal is the perfect home for all your Long Island/New York City-based HVAC needs — whether it’s commercial or residential.