We talk about the benefits of preventative maintenance over reactive maintenance all the time — and that isn’t going to change any time soon. However, we also know that as a facilities manager, you are always looking for ways to save money and optimize your maintenance schedules for efficiency. With the new TrilliumFS IoT HVAC sensors, you can have the best of both worlds.
Here’s how to use these sensors to start saving money on HVAC maintenance.
Reactive Vs. Proactive Vs. Condition-Based Maintenance
Especially in today’s environment, businesses are crunched and trying to save money. We get it. But being reactive and waiting for something to go wrong with your HVAC is almost always going to cost more in the long-run – both in emergency repair costs and potential loss of business if you’re forced to close down while repairs are made. What’s more, not maintaining your system regularly will ultimately shorten its lifespan, just as not changing your car’s oil will shorten the engine’s lifespan.
A proactive strategy aims to keep your HVAC system in tip-top condition with regular inspections and maintenance. During these manual inspections is generally when minor issues are found and repaired before they become major problems that lead to system breakdown. But what about all of those quarterly checks when you get the ‘all clear,’ and you can’t help but feel a bit annoyed as costs add up on a perfectly healthy system?
Is there a strategy that offers the benefits of both types of maintenance? Now there is.
Condition-based maintenance allows you to make decisions about maintenance and repairs based on the actual health and condition of your HVAC system. This is achieved by installing TrilliumFS IoT sensors.
HVAC IoT Sensors
With proactive and reactive maintenance, you wouldn’t find problems until you had your HVAC system inspected or it broke down. Now, Trillium Facility Solutions is bringing HVAC maintenance into the 21st century with IoT (Internet of Things) remote sensors. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive intelligence, these sensors do the job of an HVAC inspector 24/7, monitoring the condition of your system in real-time and alerting you to any problems or maintenance requirements before something goes wrong.
These HVAC IoT sensors allow you to “proactively react” because they tell you precisely what’s going on with your system, which helps you make data-driven decisions about how you want to handle the alert based on your budget. This saves you time and money on diagnostics visits when you don’t know what’s wrong with the system. It even saves you time and money on routine maintenance because you’ll know what parts need to be replaced and they can be ordered before your technician arrives.
The sensor system also communicates with your existing work order management system to collect cumulative data on all maintenance and repairs. This allows you to make a more educated decision on HVAC repair versus replacement as your system ages and requires more frequent repairs.
What The Sensors Tell You
TrilliumFS IoT sensors are connected to web servers, which enables machine learning and allows them to diagnose performance and equipment issues around the clock. The sensors create alerts in three categories:
MAINTENANCE (filters & coils)
- Filters dirty
- Coils dirty/fouled
- Replace filters in XX days (HEPA, pre-filter, final filter)
- Replace UV Lights in XX days
MECHANICAL FAILURE (refrigerant leaks, fan failures, economizer problems)
- Refrigerant leaks
- Economizer failure
- No power
- Blower motor failure
- Evaporator coil dirty/fouled
- Condenser coil dirty/foul
- Compressor failure — also kw/ton efficiency real time
- Outdoor fan motor failure
- Drain pipe clogged/water in pan (separate sensor)
ENERGY SAVINGS (running off-schedule, excessive kw/ton and $/ton)
- Running off schedule
- Operating outside of manufacturing standards
- Unit not cycling
- Efficiency kw/ton degradation
Within 90 seconds of discovering an issue, the sensors create an alert and trigger an automatic work order to correct the problem.
How It Works
Here’s how the TrilliumFS IoT HVAC sensor system works:
- Step 1 – Sensors detect poor HVAC performance, worn parts, or required maintenance
- Step 2 – Alert and recommended action is sent to facility manager for approval via mobile app based on the customer’s predefined rules for the unit
- Step 3 – Work order or parts request is submitted to local vendor/technician and automatically scheduled
- Step 4 – Work is performed
- Step 5 – Work order is complete
All of this is completed with ONE click by the facility manager to approve the work order. Simply hit approve, and get back to work!
Trillium Facility Solutions customers with an HVAC maintenance contract can have the IoT sensors installed in about 15 minutes. The system integrates with your existing work order management system so that there is nothing new for you to learn. A convenient mobile app is installed on the facility manager’s phone to receive real-time alerts on the building’s individual HVAC units. Once approved, the system will automatically send the requests to Trillium to schedule the technician or order the parts. When the work is completed, you will receive an alert that the unit is OK.
One major advantage of the IoT sensor system is that you can create different rules for different HVAC units in your facility. This gives you control over what types of issues will generate automatic work orders versus which ones should be reviewed prior to generating a work order.
TrilliumFS IoT Sensors Deliver Real Results
Customers who have installed TrilliumFS IoT HVAC sensors have seen real and measurable results when it comes to reducing their HVAC operating costs, including:
- Up to 25% reduction in maintenance costs
- Up to 70% elimination of breakdowns
- Up to 12% reduction in scheduled repairs
- 50% reduction in downtime
- 3-5% reduction in capital expenditures
- Up to 50% reduction in unplanned outages
One customer in particular recouped their investment in the sensor system in just 12 weeks and saw a 317% internal rate of return after discovering and correcting key issues that would have led to total system failure. They realized an annual savings on utility expenses of more than $24,000, and now their 3-year-old HVAC units are on track to reach their 15-year life expectancy.
Make The Switch And Save Big
It IS possible to have the best of both worlds with the new TrilliumFS IoT HVAC sensors! Find and fix minor issues before your system breaks down, save money on unnecessary maintenance, extend the lifespan of your system, and reduce overall HVAC operating costs when you make the switch to condition-based maintenance using state-of-the-art IoT sensor technology.
Best of all? Our HVAC IoT sensors are for any business, big or small. We’ve made it easy and affordable for any business to leverage this technology to monitor the health of their HVAC and ultimately save money with more efficient maintenance.
Ready to learn more about the efficiencies you can expect from this exciting technology? Check out our eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Commercial HVAC in 2021.
This content was originally published here.
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Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
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– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
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– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
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– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
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