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Internet-Connected HVAC: The Rise of Smart System Management

Internet-Connected HVAC: The Rise of Smart System Management

Smart Buildings are Ready for Primetime

A customer-favorite feature of the heat pump systems installed by BlocPower is the fully remote, smart system management we offer. These systems provide numerous benefits, including:

  • Easy-to-Use Controls for Fan Speed, Fan Vein Orientation, Temperature & More
  • Full System Monitoring to Maximize Energy Performance
  • Data Centralization & Normalization for Predictive Maintenance
  • Resourcing Analytics Improves Efficiency & Saves Money

Read on to learn more about how this type of technology came to be and how BlocPower can utilize it to drive positive outcomes from our customers. 

To speak to a BlocPower representative about including smarter system management in your HVAC retrofit project, please fill out this brief questionnaire.

First, there was a fan…

More precisely, a very primitive cooling system. 

The humidity in the summer of 1902 was unbearable. It was so bad that it damaged the products of a print house, causing the pages to swell and the printed ink to blur. 

The print house turned to the evolving cooling industry for a solution and asked Willis Carrier, a 25-year-old experimental engineer, to create a cooling system of whose aim was to reduce the humidity around the print house and decrease the room temperature. 

The cooling system was a success and Carrier continued developing his invention. In 1922 he invented a safer, smaller and more powerful Centrifugal Refrigeration Compressor. 

That was the beginning of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC industry.

But of course, we have gone a long way since the first HVAC, not only in terms of mechanics but also in terms of communication abilities – and the ability to remotely control these systems. Let us take a huge leap to the future – to the revolution of the Internet of Things.

Building Managers and the 4th Industrial Revolution

The beginning of the 2010s marked the start of the 4th Industrial Revolution. One of the main components of this revolution was the IoT, the Internet of Things – the ability to connect machines to each other, make them communicate with each other, and the ways in which we can control these machines remotely through the Cloud.

The 4th Industrial Revolution improved the lives of building owners and managers by simplifying their daily work. 

The Benefits of the 4th Industrial Revolution 

Before the 4th Industrial Revolution, building managers who were responsible for HVAC systems on multiple floors, buildings or sites, were presented with a unique difficulty: they had to physically attend all the HVACs on the different sites in order to view, monitor and manage them. 

In worst cases, if malfunctions occurred on multiple sites, the building managers had to hop from site to site in no time. 

But today, with the 4th Industrial Revolution and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things and fully remote, smart system management, building managers can manage HVACs by buildings, floors, units and much more – remotely. 

The 4th Industrial Revolution has turned the world into a global village, and since everything is connected, building managers, with the help of expert partners like BlocPower, can now monitor any HVAC on any connected site – from the comfort of their home or office.

Remote HVAC Monitoring and Service

The 4th Industrial Revolution allowed the development of a remote, cloud-based solution that fits the needs of a building manager. 

Using this unique cloud-based solution, BlocPower can now view all the connected HVACs at all of our customers’ connected sites – through a single, remote interface.

And when a malfunction occurs in an HVAC on a distant site, the building manager receives a push notification, can instantly call up the HVAC Service Provider and send them to fix the malfunction in no time.

HVAC will keep getting smarter

With more control and visibility into system performance comes more opportunity to make your heating and cooling system work smarter.

Many building managers operate their HVAC systems and thermostat setpoints on a schedule based on time of day, occupancy and Time of Use (TOU) energy pricing. With connected devices, building managers can reduce their energy bills by responding to dynamic pricing from utilities during times of peak (or off peak) demand. 

As IoT continues its evolution, there is the potential for grid-wide resiliency benefits, where connected devices respond in real-time to peak load events to help prevent brownouts and blackouts—as well as the operation of costly and pollutive “peaker” power plants.

To speak to a BlocPower representative about including smarter system management in your HVAC retrofit project, please fill out this brief questionnaire.