First, there was the fan…
More precisely, a very primitive cooling system.
The humidity in the summer of 1902 was unbearable. It was so bad that it damaged the products of a US print house, causing the pages to swell and the printed ink to blur.
The print house turned to the evolving cooling industry for a solution, and asked Willis Carrier, a 25-year-old experimental engineer, to create a cooling system of whose aim was to reduce the humidity around the print house and decrease the room temperature.
The cooling system was a success, and Carrier continued developing his invention. In 1922 he invented a safer, smaller and more powerful Centrifugal Refrigeration Compressor. (The Smithsonian Magazine)
That was the beginning of HVAC.
But of course, we have gone a long way since the first HVAC, not only in terms of mechanics, but also in terms of communication abilities – and the ability to remotely control these systems. Let us take a huge leap to the future – to the revolution of the Internet of Things.
Facilities Managers and The 4th Industrial Revolution
At the beginning of 2010s, the 4th Industrial Revolution began. One of the main components of this revolution was the IoT, the Internet of Things – the ability to connect machines to each other, make them communicate with each other, and the ways in which we can control these machines remotely through the Cloud.
The 4th Industrial Revolution improved the lives of Facilities Managers and their daily work.
The Benefits of The 4th Industrial Revolution
Before the 4th Industrial Revolution, Facilities Managers who were responsible for HVAC systems on multiple floors, buildings, or sites, were presented with a unique difficulty: they had to physically attend all the HVACs on the different sites, in order to view, monitor and manage them.
In worst cases, if malfunctions occurred on multiple sites, the Facilities Managers had to hop from site to site in no time.
But today, with the 4th Industrial Revolution and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things and Remote HVAC Monitoring, Facilities Managers can manage HVACs on buildings, retail and hotel chains, Air bnbs, and much more – remotely.
The 4th Industrial Revolution has turned the world into a global village, and since everything is connected, Facilities Managers can now monitor any HVAC on any connected site – from the comfort of their office.
Remote HVAC Monitoring & Service
The 4th Industrial Revolution allowed the development of a remote, cloud-based solution that fits the needs of a Facilities Manager.
Using this unique cloud-based solution, Facilities Managers can now view all the connected HVACs at all the connected sites – through a single, remote interface.
This solution allows Facilities Managers to:
- Optimize HVAC management, by operating the HVAC remotely and increasing its energy efficiency
- Apply HVAC Remote Diagnostic tools
- Receive real-time system error notifications, for malfunctioning HVAC systems in real-time
And when a malfunction occurs in an HVAC on a distant site, the Facilities Manager receives a push notification, can instantly call up the HVAC Service Provider and send him to fix the malfunction in no time.
VRF Power Distribution – The Buzz-Phrase of the HVAC World
The 4th industrial revolution enabled turbocharging another tool: VRF Power Distribution, which became accessible through the cloud.
This solution is enabled by connecting a Wattmeter to the power circuit of the VRF’s outdoor units in the building. This connection allows to break down the overall consumption of the VRF system to each of the system’s individual indoor units.
By implementing this function, Facilities Managers can bill their tenants accurately – by the actual operational demand of each of the VRF system’s indoor units.
As you probably already know, HVAC is one of the most energy-consuming appliances in a building. And when it comes to tenants’ billing, precision is of a high importance. That’s why billing tenants by their actual HVAC consumption is so important.
For more information about how Cloud Solutions can benefit Facilities Managers – Contact Us, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.