In many organizations, it’s common practice for IT to standardize equipment. It might seem that this policy only benefits IT, but everyone in the organization wins. By doing this, technicians only need to learn to configure and troubleshoot one type of system, over time familiarizing themselves and improving service. When there is only one supplier, it reduces compatibility problems that leave two suppliers pointing fingers at each other, while the technician and users are left without a solution.
Similarly, large manufacturers will specify the same brand of equipment in all factories worldwide. A technician can walk into a factory in Shanghai, Tennessee or Germany and know how to operate and repair the equipment. Cost savings discovered in one plant can immediately be used in the other plants, maximizing efficiency worldwide.
Most building managers don’t have properties located all over the world, but wouldn’t it make life easier if an HVAC professional could walk into any building and know how to operate and repair the heating system? Or learn how to optimize the heating system in one building and then be able to apply what they learned everywhere? While every building and every boiler is different, getting cozy with one heating control manufacturer is possible. Why not then learn the most versatile, and advanced heating control in the market so that you can be sure you’ll have a product that works in all kinds of applications both complex and simple? Heat-Timer® can indeed allow HVAC techs to live the dream, through its series of Internet Heating Controls.
Why should you change to a single boiler control supplier?
Modern boiler control systems are a complex network of old and new technology. A boiler technician has to understand how a controller connects to burner controls developed decades ago, while also being able to install wireless equipment developed more recently. Then there are settings for sensors, outdoor reset and alarms, and the parameters used to control dozens of control elements accessed through some kind of a menu structure. It’s no wonder so many HVAC techs are looking for an EZ button here.
Even an experienced professional can take a long time to configure and optimize an unfamiliar boiler controller. That is learning time that the contractor or building manager is paying for. If the contractor only works with that brand of controller occasionally in one building, then re-learning needs to take place every season. Any person who occasionally needs to switch between an Android and Apple smartphone phone knows the time and pain of re-learning.
Perhaps the most important benefit of standardizing your boiler automation systems around Heat-Timer® Products, may be economic. Other controllers tell you what they save as compared to before they were installed but Heat-Timer® self-learning controls are the only ones in the world that have data showing we can save as much as 20% additional energy costs over an existing boiler outdoor reset based control system. That’s because our boiler management software “learns” the unique heating characteristics of your building, its hot spots and cold spots, and can anticipate how to get acceptable comfort, for the least amount of fuel.
Heat-Timer® has a controller for every heat and hot water configuration found in a commercial building. Period.
It doesn’t help to select a single heating controller supplier if they don’t cover all the bases or just cover them a little. Because we are the industry’s largest and longest manufacturer of heating controls, our ability to save money on energy through sophisticated boiler control is unmatched. While some competitors brag about their 2nd or 3rd generation control, our evolutions are well into the double digits. Starting in 1937 with the first outdoor reset control.
Whether maintaining one or ten systems, a building manager needs a control that can handle all the possible steam heating or hot water configurations within their buildings. You need centralized management of multiple boilers, multiple boiler rooms, in multiple buildings. Our Platinum series controls in conjunction with our BuildingNet website/mobile app, and wireless sensors, were designed for this purpose. Heat-Timer® Platinum Series controllers can manage steam and hot water boilers in every configuration, including condensing, non-condensing, staging, and more, as well as integrated control and monitoring of domestic hot water.
In addition to the boiler controllers, Heat-Timer® makes pump controllers, electronic tempering valves and a variety of wired and wireless sensors. All of these components are engineered and tested by Heat-Timer to work together. Sometimes, it’s good to stay in the family.
Getting cozy with Heat-Timer® means getting cozy with BuildingNet
BuildingNet is the Heat-Timer® control online portal. It allows building managers and HVAC professionals to monitor and control every aspect of operation from anywhere there is a web browser. If you’re a phone guy, then download our free mobile app where you can monitor alarms and sensors throughout your building.
You can stay cozy on your couch when you get cozy with BuildingNet. Building managers initially choose Heat-Timer® controls for their energy savings, but the experience of our remote internet and mobile app management of those controls brings a quality of life benefit that is just as compelling. The operational benefits are endless. You just have to live it for a while.
Heat-Timer® means peace of mind
In the end, the advantage of going with Heat-Timer is peace of mind. No more worrying whether your control is really saving all the money it could or should be. No more worrying whether you’ll remember how to adjust the control. No more worrying that you’ll need a midnight trip to the boiler room to diagnose or fix an issue with heat in the middle of winter.
Standardizing on one heating control manufacturer is the right move for your commercial HVAC business. Cozy up with Heat-Timer®
Contact us today for more information on your heating control needs. Visit https://www.heat-timer.com/
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A Building Management System (BMS), also called Building Automation System (BAS) is a system that allows building managers to monitor and control a building’s major mechanical and safety systems in one central, easy-to-use application.
A BMS can be thought of as a distributed network of building systems supervised and controlled in one central platform. The network of field controllers and other system controllers are distributed throughout the building and communicate to the BMS through a local area network.
Field controllers can be general purpose, supplied by the BMS integrator and used for simple applications like lighting control, ventilation fans and building access. With a BMS, these applications can also be separated by zone, floor or other combinations to yield optimal HVAC performance.
Field controllers for mission critical systems like fire alarms and heating are specialized and can act independently, as well as under BMS control. The Heat-Timer® Platinum series boiler control is a good example of a controller that is fully independent, yet capable of passing variables and status to the BMS. The BMS also has the capability to change the Platinum controller’s setpoints remotely.
The Heat-Timer® Platinum Controller works with all BMS
The Platinum series controller, like most controllers in the BMS network, primarily communicates to the BMS application through BACnet. BACnet is a Building Automation and Control protocol specifically designed for the needs of building systems. By communicating via BACnet the Heat-Timer and the BMS can speak to each other via a common language. The BMS can ask for status about temperature, boiler firing rate and other important information that the Heat-Timer is controlling or monitoring.
Over the years since its introduction, the BACnet protocol has become the universal language of building automation. This protocol allows Heat-Timer’s Platinum controllers to be capable of integrating seamlessly into any and all building management systems.
While having all building systems controlled in one place is not only highly convenient for a building manager, it can drastically reduce operating and maintenance costs with a short return on investment. Statistics show that 70% of a building’s total energy cost is in lighting, heating and cooling, which can all be controlled and optimized by a BMS. Of that 70% in energy cost, almost 50% of a building’s total energy costs are for heating and cooling. That is where Heat-Timer™ can make any building management system better at its core purpose – saving fuel and running the equipment efficiently.
Let Heat-Timer® manage the boilers
The Platinum series controllers by Heat-Timer™ are designed and optimized for efficient, cost saving boiler control. The Platinum controller works hand in hand with the BMS to make the entire building more efficient. If the BMS is the General Contractor, the Heating Control is the sub who takes care of the heating system.
For example, the Heat-Timer® control can respond to the call for heat from the BMS, and then optimize the boiler temperature and cycling based on the outdoor conditions. This is made possible by the Platinum controller’s use of sensor data, outdoor reset, and most importantly, its own self-learning algorithms that map the heat transfer characteristics of your building over time.
The BMS can also respond to the tenant’s weekend and holiday schedules, reducing temperature setpoints based on reduced occupancy and ensuring it is comfortable when residents return. Whether managing one boiler or ten, the Platinum controller can respond to changes in your heating schedule and efficiently balance the fluctuating heating load.
As a fail safe, if the Platinum controller loses communication with the BMS because of downtime or network failure, the Platinum controller remains fully functional. Utilizing its own outdoor and indoor temperature sensors, the Platinum controller will monitor and maintain the building’s temperature for as long as necessary until communication is re-established with the BMS.
Whatever BMS you have, Heat-Timer® is the smart choice for boiler control
When it comes to saving energy and lowering costs, a BMS is only as good as the network controllers it supervises. To maximize energy savings while optimizing system control, it makes sense to choose the best boiler controls available – the Platinum series by Heat-Timer®. Visit https://www.heat-timer.com/
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Heat-Timer® corporate office and manufacturing facility is conveniently located in Fairfield, NJ. Here, Heat-Timer® manufactures its electronic controls, sensors, valves and actuator products using specialized computer controlled equipment and automated testing systems.