Rebecca Delaney, P.E., Associate Director and Operations Leader for Sustainable Engineering Studio, and Luke Leung P.E., ASHRAE Fellow, LEED Fellow, BEMP, P Eng, Director of Sustainable Engineering Studio, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
IoT will help increase the flexibility, adaptability, and efficiency in the wireless HVAC system.
FREMONT, CA: The world is becoming more connected, digitalized, and automated due to which the strength of wireless technology is increasing. The demand for wireless technology and automation is on the rise because of the recent trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) along with the increasing user expectations.
Moreover, wireless technology is easy to implement as the obstacles of adopting IoT are also less, there are numerous advantages, and the technology is affordable. Therefore, the HVAC systems can also be controlled remotely, which makes it efficient and convenient. Advanced technology like IoT has made it easy to visualize the performance of the HVAC, and the massive amount of data generated from it can be utilized to perform advanced analysis. Increase in efficiency will also help save expenses from the operation, maintenance, and commissioning.
It will also offer better flexibility and adaptability of the system. It will also become easy to make changes in the system as there will be no restrictions related to wiring.
Wireless Mesh Infrastructure
The users can utilize proper mesh technology so that they can obtain a better wireless network that has more redundancy and is robust. In the system, every device will perform as the signal booster in the mesh network. Therefore, it becomes easy for the signal to travel as it takes the path that has less resistant to the gateway. Wireless mess structures can be beneficial for the large and old buildings as the signals might get blocked due to concrete or brick.
When a wireless network is established, it works as the enabler that allows enhancing the future technology rapidly and with less expense. Suppose there is an issue with the chiller compressor. In that case, the users can apply some wireless vibration and temperature sensors in the compressor, which will make it easy to track the performance with the help of a predictive maintenance program.
Easy to Install
Furthermore, it is easy to install and commission the wireless sensors. Since the design package does not need numerous wiring diagrams, it becomes easy to design and engineer them. Hence, simplifying the process of planning for the engineers, procurement team, and the electricians.
Flexibility and Adaptability
One of the significant benefits of the wireless HVAC system is its flexibility. As the devices are not wired, it becomes easy to move or adjust them, and the users do not have to change any of the penetrations, conduit, or wiring.