5 Must Haves for Your Building Automation Controls
As the owner or manager of a building, there are a number of goals that you probably have when it comes to operating the building. These goals should include keeping the building comfortable, safe, and secure – all while finding ways to keep costs down. This can seem like quite a challenge, but it’s a challenge that can be overcome with the use of building automation controls.
What is a Building Automation System?
The typical building consists of a number of different systems; all of which have different purposes, from the HVAC system to the security system. These systems are pivotal to your building’s operations, but they can also use up a lot of energy and cost a lot of money to maintain.
A building automation system is basically a centralized network for all of these different building systems. Through the use of various building automation controls, you can preprogram the building’s different systems to run in a certain way according to a schedule you set. For example, in the winters you can have the heat running all week during the days, but have it automatically lower at night and during the weekends when no one is around to save on energy costs.
Basically, the use of building automation controls gives you more control over your building’s various systems, which in turn allows you to reduce operational costs as well.
5 Building Automation Controls Must-Haves
No building automation system is the same, but that’s what makes it such an effective investment. You can always implement a basic building automation system and add building automation controls and upgrades as you go. This can be a more cost-effective option for some building owners and managers who don’t have the budget to pour money into a full-fledged building automation system right away.
- Lighting – A lot of energy is lost because people tend to leave the lights on even when they leave a space. If your building empties out at a certain time, then preprogramming your lights so that they switch off at a certain time at night can save a substantial amount of energy. Additionally, with building automation, you can always remotely check to see if lights have been left on, and then turn them off from a remote device, like a computer or smartphone.
- Heating and Cooling – Heating and cooling can be controlled in the same manner that you can control your lighting – you can program it to automatically switch to energy-saving temperature settings at times when your building isn’t in use. Additionally, building automation can make it easy to cool and heat your building in various zones, which means that if only one floor is in use in a multilevel building, you don’t have to waste energy heating or cooling the entire building.
- Security – Building automation also allows you to automatically switch your alarm system on and off at scheduled times. Additionally, through your building automation system, you can set up warnings that are sent to certain individuals if a security alarm is triggered. Depending on how extensive your security system is, you can also monitor things like your security video feeds remotely.
- Safety – You can set up your smoke alarms and CO detectors in the same way that you set up your security system using building automation. You’ll be able to monitor them remotely, as well as program them to automatically notify certain individuals and even emergency services when they go off.
- Electrical outlets – Building automation can even allow you to track the amount of energy your appliances and electronic devices are using if you use our Smart Plugs. You’ll even be able to eliminate standby power, which can reduce your building’s energy use significantly.
These are just five of the most effective building automation controls that you may want to invest in. However, you can also invest in control features for your building’s gas usage, water usage, and even humidity levels.
Upgrading Your Existing Building Automation System
Even if you already have a building automation system in place, there’s always room for improvement. For example, by investing in BOSS Smart Plugs, you’ll be able to cut down on standby power as well as track important data that can help you identify where, when, and how you can reduce building energy use even more.
Additionally, you can also invest in various hardware upgrades. For example, upgrading your HVAC system piece by piece to more energy-efficient models or replacing old lights with new LED lights, just to name a few options. Doing so can help to not only reduce energy costs but also maintenance costs since newer model systems are less likely to break down and are built using newer and better technologies. Not to mention that by investing in upgrades, you may be eligible for various tax credits and incentives as well.
If you’re looking for ways to improve the comfort, safety, security, and overall costs of your building, then you should seriously consider investing in a building automation system. For more information about implementing building automation controls, be sure to contact us at BOSS Controls today.