A smart ventilation system (SVS) is self-sufficient, intelligent, and efficient in the way it consumes energy. It lowers your bills, keeps the airflow and climate fresh, and eradicates the need for manual control. It can reprogram your HVAC on-the-fly after receiving real-time occupancy, air quality, and outdoor temperature readings from its many sensors. Thinking about getting one for your building? Here are some reasons why it should be a sound investment:
1. Occupancy-based Throttle Control
A vacant building doesn’t need ventilation. A building filled to the brim needs maximum ventilation. A building whose occupancy fluctuates greatly needs multiple ventilation settings throughout the day. In the past, operators had to manually detect these (sometimes subtle) changes and adjust. Today, smart ventilation systems perform automated, occupancy-based throttle control. As soon as the sensors detect an increased number of people in any part of the building, they send data to the controller, which toggles the ventilation as needed.
2. Weather-forecast-based Climate Adjustment
Smart ventilation systems can optimize the building’s climate for the next day based on the weather forecast. So, let’s say that tomorrow is expected to be one of the hottest days of the summer. The SVS will realize this the night before, and start cooling the building even before the day begins. Rainy, stormy, cloudy, dry, wet, windy, snowy, humid; an SVS can adjust based on any and all weathers.
3. Energy Savings
A smart ventilation system will drastically reduce your building’s overall energy usage. It will put your HVAC to rest as soon as the building empties. It will always consume the bare minimum amount of energy. Because its sensors detect changes in real-time, it has the ability to toggle ventilation settings as many times an hour/day it requires.
4. Reduced CO2 via a Smart Ventilation System
Old buildings account for almost 39% of the global CO2 emissions. That is an alarmingly high number. The primary reason for this is their over-consumption of energy. Their dated HVAC systems have no way to automatically toggle the ventilation based on occupancy, weather forecast, or any other factor. In case you forget to turn the ventilation off before going away for the weekend, there’s nothing preventing the HVAC from trying to cool down an empty building.
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5. Remote Control of a Smart Ventilation System
Arguably one of the coolest features of an SVS is remote control. So what if you forgot to turn the HVAC off before going away for the weekend? You can just logon to the administrative dashboard and do it from there. Remote control also allows you to manually override the HVAC settings from anywhere.
6. Real-time Monitoring via a Smart Ventilation System
Smart ventilation systems add visibility and predictability to your building’s energy utilization. Not only can you visualize your historic and current energy usage statistics, you can also forecast your future consumption. This can help in budgeting and identifying even more avenues of savings.
Installing smart ventilation in your building is a financially viable investment. Smart building management solutions like ClevAir help you get it without replacing any existing equipment!