In the manufacturing industry technology has been the driving force behind the latest advancements, altering how employees work, equipment is made and how it is used in any given setting. In the commercial sector, the industry has been tasked with coming up with new and improved HVAC machinery that can resolutely meet and maintain strict state and federal building guidelines.
HVAC manufacturers aren’t just coming up with new ideas, they’re actually implementing them in real time and on a daily basis across the country. This is particularly true in the commercial sector because businesses have greater square footage and more stringent regulatory standards to meet compared to residential buildings.
To adequately power the equipment for which these businesses rely upon, like heating, lighting, cooling and plumbing, a massive amount of electricity is used. And since many heavy-duty industries operate 24/7, drawing high levels of electricity causes energy costs to rise substantially.
In a few environments like cleanrooms, data centers, chemical plants and health care facilities, high-performing HVAC equipment is essential to everyday operations. That’s why manufacturers incorporate the latest technologies like the Internet of Things into the equipment itself to better manage the performance and efficiency of these machines.
At the ground level, crews are constructing buildings with different goals in mind than they had decades ago. In addition to building for stability, alternate goals of sustainability and efficiency are now top focuses as well. By installing advanced sensors into new buildings and HVAC equipment, engineers and technicians can track how much energy is lost and where inefficiencies can be remedied. In essence, buildings are becoming self-monitored, automated structures, that are a part of real-world business solutions.
An entire new segment of the construction industry, known as building automation systems (BAS), has arisen due to the latest push for energy efficiency at the commercial level. A new report from Navigant Research found global revenues from commercial BAS will be more than $713 billion in the next eight years.
As companies and governments hop on board with this latest advancement, opportunities for business growth and real energy savings are enormous. A large portion of this transition toward automation also factors in HVAC parts and materials that have a longer life span and function more effectively in harsh environments. Further, HVAC systems are now regulated with high-tech digital diagnostics, allowing building managers to adjust controls and locate problems immediately with the touch of a button.
It’s not just the most modern and advanced companies using BAS, as now even smaller businesses make greater use of the technology, said Benjamin Freas, research analyst with Navigant Research, according to ACHRNews.
“The adoption of BAS is being driven by several goals: to provide comfort for building occupants, optimize energy use and comply with building energy codes,” Freas stated. “Prevalent for some years in the largest and most modern buildings, BAS are now expanding into smaller buildings as well.”
Furthermore, the actual products being installed into energy-efficient buildings are becoming more common as well, with product revenues expected to hit $4.3 billion by 2023.
Revamping old HVAC equipment
While buildings are now operating more efficiently than they once were, business owners can go one step further and overhaul their HVAC systems to see even greater energy savings. By removing parts that are either degrading or not capable of withstanding corrosion and replacing them with newer models, HVAC units can run more effectively and require less electricity to power.
As a result, utility bills decline and companies save money each month. But it’s not just money that is impacted, as the quality of air and the capacity to maintain temperature levels are also affected.
By using HVAC coil coatings, coils are protected from mold, puddling, cratering and corrosion. This enables coils to more efficiently regulate air levels and removes buildup that could have potentially contaminated the air inside of a building. For industries that rely on clean air, the impact is widespread because normal operations can’t continue unless IAQ levels are within certain ranges.
In total, HVAC advancements in commercial buildings help reduce carbon footprints and create a more energy-efficient economy.
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