03 Apr 5 Secrets to Building an Automation System That Works for You
If you’re like most people, you probably think of building automation systems as those fancy things that big corporations use to make their offices run more efficiently. But the truth is, building automation systems can be useful for anyone – whether you’re running a business or just trying to make your home more comfortable. In this article, we’ll share five secrets about building automation systems that you may not have known.
It Helps In Saving On Utility Bills
Building automation systems help building managers to save on energy bills in a few ways. First, building automation systems help to ensure that the building is operating at the optimum level for energy efficiency. Second, building automation systems can help to identify and correct problems with building operations that can lead to increased energy use. Finally, building automation systems can monitor and control energy-consuming devices such as fans, pumps, and lighting.
One of the most important ways that building automation systems save on energy bills is by regulating the temperature of a building. A properly programmed building automation system can keep a building at the desired temperature while using less energy than traditional climate control methods. In addition, many building automation systems include occupancy sensors that turn off lights and other equipment when a room is unoccupied.
Building automation systems can also save on energy bills by reducing the number of hours that building equipment runs. For example, building automation systems can be used to raise or lower the temperature in a building gradually over a period of time instead of quickly changing the temperature. This reduces the amount of time that fans and pumps have to run to adjust to the new temperature.
Building automation systems can also save on energy costs by helping building managers to purchase energy at the best times. For example, building automation systems can be used to schedule equipment to run during off-peak hours when energy rates are lower.
Building Automation Systems Can Become Proprietary To Single Or Multiple Vendors
BAS can be proprietary to single or multiple vendors. This means that a building owner can choose a specific vendor to provide the BAS or select a system that allows for different vendors to provide different parts of the system.
A building automation system (BAS) is a computer-controlled system that monitors and controls building environmental systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and security.
The largest building automation companies are Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, Schneider Electric, and ABB. The market for building automation is expected to grow from $44.5 billion in 2016 to $58.8 billion by 2021. The growth of the building automation market is being driven by the need for energy efficiency, security and safety, and sustainability.
Building Automation System Is Not The Same As HVAC Control Systems
A building automation system (BAS) is a computer-based system that oversees and controls the building environment, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and security. A BAS typically includes a central controller or server, workstations for building operators, sensors, and actuators to control equipment, and communication networks to link all these components together.
Some people use the terms “building automation” and “HVAC control” interchangeably but they are not the same thing. An HVAC control system is a subset of a building automation system that specifically manages the HVAC equipment.
A BAS can provide much more than just HVAC control. It can manage all the building systems that affect comfort and energy use, including lighting, blinds, fire alarms, and security systems. A BAS can also save building owners money by optimizing energy usage and reducing building operating costs.
They Have Smart Sensors
Smart sensors are important in building automation systems because they help save energy and optimize building operations. By detecting factors like motion, temperature, humidity, and occupancy, smart sensors can make sure that the building is operating as efficiently as possible. This can lead to reduced energy costs and a more comfortable environment for building occupants.
Additionally, smart sensors can send alerts when something goes wrong, allowing building managers to take corrective action quickly. So if you’re looking for ways to save energy and improve building operations, be sure to include smart sensors in your building automation system!
They Use Communication Protocols
One of the secrets to building automation systems is understanding the communication protocols involved. Most building automation systems use some form of a protocol to communicate between devices. The most common protocols used in building automation are LonWorks, BACnet, and Modbus. Understanding these protocols is essential to setting up and troubleshooting a building automation system.
- LonWorks is a communications protocol developed by US-based company Echelon. It is one of the most common protocols used in building automation and is compatible with a wide range of devices. LonWorks uses a proprietary networking language called “LonTalk” to communicate between devices.
- BACnet is a communications protocol developed by Canadian company Acuity Brands. It is another common protocol used in building automation and is compatible with a wide range of devices. BACnet uses the industry-standard networking protocol Ethernet to communicate between devices.
- Modbus is a communications protocol developed by Danish company Danfoss. It is the oldest and most widely used building automation protocol and is compatible with a wide range of devices. Modbus uses the common industrial network communication protocol RS-232 to communicate between devices.
So there you have it – five secrets you may not have known about building automation systems. If you’re in the market for a new system or are simply curious about what they can do, we hope this article has been helpful. As always, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. We would be happy to walk you through our products and services and see how we can help make your life easier.
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