HVAC and the Internet of Things (Part 1)

HVAC and the Internet of Things (Part 1)

The Internet of Things (IoT) as defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is “A global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.” As such, IoT has altered the way HVAC systems are analyzed, monitored, and controlled in ways that prior generations could have never even dreamed. We are living in an exciting time in the HVAC sector as Tampa cooling companies and the rest of the world are progressively adopting IoT into their functions. Here’s a basic overview of HVAC and the Internet of Things.


Internet Connectivity


IoT has made use of key advances in communications and information technology. Essentially, the flow of information within a secure environment has enabled this new progression of how HVAC units are controlled. The devices within the equipment are connected to each other as well as the outside world, meaning that owners will have access to their equipment (including an analysis of the unit’s current state as well as remote control over it) from anywhere in the world provided there is an internet connection with enough bandwidth.


Improving Performance Through Data Analysis


Data that has been gathered from the equipment along with other bits of data like yearly holidays, number of residential occupants, and weather all factor into the system making a better decision in specific circumstances. This ultimately ensures that the optimal settings are being implemented in order to achieve the highest comfort level and operating efficiency. The settings of the system can be programmed to change consistently without acquiring any input from the user. In essence, this is basic artificial intelligence at work. Improved efficiency will ultimately lead to significant savings in electricity cost, thus lowering monthly operating bills. Systems governed by IoT can expect to save 20% more energy compared to conventional HVAC units.


Cloud-Governed System


Thanks to its connection to the internet, a HVAC system has access to cloud computing. This allows it to perform all necessary storage and computation within a secure environment. The HVAC unit can download information as needed from the cloud, easily and instantly.


Control and Monitoring From Afar


Homeowners have the option to download apps that have been developed by their smartphone provider in order to monitor and control their systems remotely. Regardless of the distance between the homeowner and their HVAC unit, they can monitor and control the heating or cooling functions of their units through the internet.


Easy to Maintain


All connected HVAC systems will have the home address implemented within their network. If the unit should fail, the central network will be alerted of the failure, sending the information back to the homeowner’s Tampa air conditioning service.

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