Automated temperature control and better use of humidifiers, dehumidifiers and other IAQ accessories supports fewer occupant complaints and absences.
Maintaining the smooth and cost-effective operation of a large building can be challenging. Along with rising utility costs, there are often areas that are overheated while others are on the chilly side. Lighting requirements can be quite different for various needs. Ventilation might be ideal in certain zones while others create problems with indoor air quality. Everything from unlocking doors to regulating humidity levels can add to labor requirements and costs. The solution to a more streamlined operation is a building automation system. If designed and set up properly a BAS will result in greater energy efficiency, lower operating costs, fewer maintenance expenses, healthier indoor air quality, superior comfort and heightened productivity. Lights, sound systems, keyless access, elevators, water monitoring, electronics, security, HVAC and all sorts of systems and appliances can be incorporated into a building automation system. While purchase and installation require an investment, there is the potential for the system to pay for itself fairly quickly. Allowing the BAS to adjust indoor temperature according to occupancy can deliver savings on energy bills of 10 to 30%. Reductions in peak load and assorted energy saving opportunities lessen utility expenses even further. Plus, a healthier work environment ensures happier and more productive employees. Automated temperature control and better use of humidifiers, dehumidifiers and other IAQ accessories supports fewer occupant complaints and absences. The building automation system is a helpful tool in reducing maintenance and repair costs. By minimizing the workload, including start/stop stages, there is less wear-and-tear on essential equipment. This results in greater reliability and extended system lifespan.