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Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in commercial premises provide essential building services, ensuring that indoor environments are fit-for-purpose – from office buildings to leisure facilities, industrial facilities to processing plants and most importantly, mission critical sites such as data centres and hospitals.
However, these vital services come at a price. HVAC often accounts for the majority of energy usage in large commercial buildings. Closed circuit systems (essential to the efficiency of HVAC plant) are particularly vulnerable to corrosion and scale. If these problems are neglected or mismanaged, they can cause blockages, system failure, long-term operational inefficiency and higher maintenance costs.
Finding the optimum balance between building performance and energy and cost efficiency is a primary concern for Facilities Managers (FMs).
In recent years, innovative real-time remote monitoring technology has been developed which provides FMs with an alternative approach to closed-circuit water system management.
Many FMs operate in reactive mode – monitoring, responding and correcting. Remote monitoring technology enables FMs to come up with flexible preventative solutions that improve HVAC efficiency across the board.
Managing complex HVAC equipment and systems can be overwhelming for incoming FMs, especially when faced with an aging system and surprises picked up during maintenance. However, its worth getting it right. Small adjustments to maintenance and management can make a huge difference to overall energy usage and, consequently, cost.
Real-time monitoring presents FMs and building managers with the benefit of cumulative data and a true and accurate picture of system condition – an ideal basis to plan ongoing maintenance strategies that are lean, system specific and efficient.