There are many ways that technology is making HVAC systems easier to clean, to manage, and to maintain. In a recent article in Gizmag, a new robot was highlighted. This robot device, which is used to clean power station boiler tubes made news headlines recently, because it has eliminated the difficulty and danger of performing the necessary task. Over a period of time, the tubes can collect a buildup of residue, and that can drastically reduce the efficiency of the system. Reduced efficiency means a bigger impact on the environment, and also a bigger investment for utilities. To remove the residue, workers would have to climb tall ladders or scaffolding, reaching up, further still, to clean the tall tubing. It was a hazard to the profession, which the robot can do away with. But, there are plenty of other controls and sensors that are saving people time and money, and may even save lives.
Onsite sensors can be used to determine the function of various systems, to gauge environmental conditions of the workspace, and to ensure that installation experts have all of the information that they need to ensure that everything is installed and working properly at the onset.
Once running, the equipment can be managed, maintained, and overridden by sensors and controls. These devices can alert operators and technicians to issues before they become much larger problems. With easy plug and play temperature and pressure sensors like the NoShok 100 pressure sensor, and the Ultra Electronics duct air temperature sensor, the operation of large HVAC systems is no longer as challenging or dangerous as it once was. When the sensors point to trouble, the technicians can quickly respond, even take the systems offline until the issue can be corrected. That means fewer hazardous situations, greater efficiency, and savings for the property owners. The sensor and control add-ons are designed to be easily fit to existing systems. No recalibration is required, and the designers have made these sensor fit almost every application.