Commercial Applications for Smart AC

Shop owners, office managers and building management pros now have a powerful tool to contain energy costs: Smart Air Conditioning sensors, software and ingenious analytics.

It’s a familiar nightmare for any building manager with line-item accountability for reducing energy costs.

Moving from room to room reveals workers bundled in coats while the air conditioning blows non-stop. Cold air escapes through doors and windows left open. And dark, empty conference rooms remain meat-locker cold, in anticipation of a gathering that may never occur.

Currency fluttering from each AC unit isn’t an hallucination; it’s a virtual fact.

With such an enormous opportunity for cost reduction, it’s no surprise that billions are being invested in developing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart buildings, including smart AC commercial applications.

Enter Smart AC for Professionals

For a growing number of facility management leaders, smart AC commercial applications through the IoT are the most promising building automation technology (i.e., smart building technology) in their arsenal for improving efficiency and reducing energy costs. Whilst there are solutions for large scale buildings with ducted AC systems, the majority of commercial buildings in Asia and the Middle East utilise split system AC’s which have few options for intelligent control.

Leading this advance in smart aircon for building management of small to medium size offices and commercial sites is the Zernet Smart AC Controller. This is far beyond a rudimentary app that simply transfers remote control to your phone.

Thanks to built-in sensors that monitor temperature, light, and motion, Zernet collects and feeds real-time data into its monitoring and control dashboard, making it the perfect smart AC for professionals.

Designing smart AC for building management provides the ability to continually drive costs lower, and that is where the Zernet smart AC application shines. It’s also the key to eliminating the hot and cold rooms throughout a commercial building that are the source of energy waste – and most tenant complaints.

Zernet’s Conditional Control™ feature is also the key to eliminating hot and cold rooms throughout a building – the source of most tenant complaints

How Smart AC Reduces Costs

Smart Analytics

The Zernet dashboard compares analytics across every split AC device that is paired with its own dedicated Zernet controller. Data includes energy consumption, real-time cost and many other factors displayed in a suite of powerful reports.

This intelligent user interface is accessible from both web and smartphone apps. It is where managers can monitor AND ADJUST air conditioning use to suit specific needs of each facility, building or room.

Cost-conscious facility managers use this to immediately pinpoint energy reduction opportunities. In addition, all of the data can easily be exported for further analysis.

Usage Limits through Conditional Control™

Information is nice but without tools to actually contain costs its power is unrealized.

Setting limits for hours of use, scheduling, temperature minimums and total energy outlay is what sets the Zernet system apart. In addition to these first-line cost cutting measures, the Conditional Control™ algorithm is a powerful feature of every Zernet smart air conditioner. For building management, this enables user protocols to reduce AC consumption in rooms lacking activity, when lights remain off for a period of time or beyond certain business hours. Optional smart AC door and window sensors make it possible to limit AC use if they are left open for any specific length of time and can also trigger alert messages via smartphone.

Conditional Control

Coming Next: Preventive Maintenance for Commercial Smart AC

Zernet is deploying advanced analytics in the next several quarters to offer insights into the performance efficiency of individual units integrated with smart AC. For building management, this provides the ability to see when a unit is drawing more power than its historical average or when the device is straining to maintain a temperature setting. This can pinpoint devices in need of service to further drive down costs. The day is coming when service requests may be sent directly to manufacturers or service technicians, thereby preventing the breakdown of every smart air conditioner. For building management, this is a powerful cost containment tool.

Also look for Zernet to add voice control for pairing with smart ecosystem devices already available from Apple, Amazon and Google.