In addition to saving money on fuel, a key part of heating system automation involves remote connectivity and the ability to see what is happening in your building from anywhere. Building owners and managers who already have an internet Heat-Timer control have experienced this in a number of different ways. That’s thanks to the sensors and email/text alarms available to them 24/7 through their mobile devices via our app, or our user friendly internet portal.
Here’s a brief look at the types of data and information available via Heat-Timer internet controls.
Set, Sit Back, and SaveOnce these sensors and alarms are configured by your qualified HVAC installer, you will seldom need to adjust or modify them. For most managers, the real time monitoring of their heating operations becomes a no-brainer and they are able to save time and money through automation and early warnings. That’s the Heat-Timer® way.
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One of the largest costs in building management is the heating and cooling expense. It’s complex enough managing one building, but management companies usually have multiple buildings at multiple addresses within their portfolio.
While Heat-Timer® Controls are considered best-in-class for fuel savings on the heating side, many building management companies may not realize that our internet controls provide robust, centralized portfolio management capability on the back end. The saving money on fuel is a given, but Heat-Timer ® internet controls also increase visibility and ease of control, anticipate boiler/mechanical room problems and reduce maintenance costs significantly in a way that every building manager will appreciate.
Features of Heat-Timer® Internet Enabled Controls
Heat-Timer’s industry leading fuel saving potential is undisputed. But with internet upgrades your quality of life just got a whole lot better too.
Call Heat-Timer® today for more information on internet and wireless capabilities for all our Controls. 973-575-4004
This blog was originally published at https://www.heat-timer.com/building-management-companies-need-unified-portfolio-control/
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the launch of the Genesis Heat-Timer® for small multi-family buildings. The capabilities of this control seems to have resonated with both existing and new clients, based on a few things we were able to achieve.
This blog was originally published at: https://www.heat-timer.com/genesis-heat-timer-one-year-anniversary/
The introduction of advanced long range wireless sensors for our internet heating controls has become an important way to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.
One of the most significant benefits of long range wireless sensors for heating is that they are easy to install and maintain. Unlike traditional wired sensors, wireless sensors do not require any cables or wires to be run, making them much less expensive and time-consuming to install even in very old buildings. Add to that the extended range and extended battery life of our current sensors and you have a formula for one of the most simple to setup, yet sophisticated heating control systems out there.
Additionally, the long range wireless sensors provide real-time data accessible on any internet capable control. This allows our heating control systems to make more informed decisions about how to operate, which can lead to significant energy savings.
Long Range Wireless Sensors Enhance Your Heating Control System
Any of our heating controls with long range wireless sensors also comes with our Building Net remote management system. This provides real-time desktop and/or mobile app access to all buildings and boiler rooms that are using either a Genesis Heat-Timer ®, or a Platinum series control with internet upgrade.
Everyone wants a Heat-Timer® to save money on heating bills, we get that. But building management companies, HVAC technicians, and building maintenance personnel quickly grow to love how easy it is to see what is going on with their boilers and heating costs during the heating season. All from the comfort of wherever they are. Alarms can be set on a wide variety of parameters with adjustable thresholds which can prevent both resident complaints and costly repairs or breakdowns.
Go Wireless Today
If you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency and performance of your boiler operations, a Heat-Timer Genesis ® control for small buildings, or a Heat-Timer® Platinum series Internet control is a great option.
Contact the team at Heat-Timer and we can answer your questions and recommend a qualified HVAC contractor in your area for installation in time for this winter.
This blog was originally published at https://www.heat-timer.com/wireless-sensors-for-heating-controls-the-next-level-of-comfort-and-energy-efficiency/
Heat-Timer© has been selling its Internet Heating Controls into boiler rooms for well over 2 decades now. The newest Internet Controls continue the legacy of energy savings that made Heat-Timer© the leading purveyor of boiler control products in the country.
But we have never been a company to rest on our laurels. Our latest upgrade to our internet controls solves problems of remote control and monitoring through phone and internet, as well as integration of wireless sensors that improve the operational efficiency of our control. With the new sensors reporting temperature movement from strategic locations around your building, you can as much as double the amount of money you save on heating bills in your apartment building every month.
Why do the New Sensors Make Such a Difference In Boiler Control Efficiency?
Many decades ago, Heat-Timer© pioneered the use of “outdoor reset”. With knowledge of outdoor temperature, and an internally wired temperature sensor, our control anticipated the heat loss of your building. Resulting in using as little fuel as possible while providing maximum, consistent resident comfort.
So how do we improve on that?
For starters, Heat-Timer’s current sensors are completely wireless. This allows us to use more of them placed strategically throughout a large building to monitor temperature. More data points means better ability to analyze thermal loss, control zones and prevent hot and cold spots in the building. We generally recommend 1 sensor for every 4 units (25%) in your building. More comfort, more intelligence, saving you more money on fuel.
Our latest wireless sensors also use a proprietary frequency and ultra-long transmission/ reception hardware that is also ultra low-power. We’ve seen this tech work through a solid 8 floors in a building without a repeater. For most buildings, this makes installation and setup extremely easy.
Our latest incarnation of sensors also uses a low power design. Running on two AA lithium batteries, a sensor can last 12+ years or more before needing to replace the batteries.
If you haven’t explored our BuildingNet (Internet) Upgrade for our controls with our Long Range Wireless sensors then you are literally leaving money in the boiler room.
Upgrade Your Platinum Series Control Today
The very latest wireless sensor technology is available in our BuildingNet upgrade. This upgrade can easily be made in the field on any Platinum Series Controller.
If you have a smaller multi-family building (20 Units or less) then check out our new Genesis Heat-Timer internet control with long range space sensors.
Call Heat-Timer© today to see all that BuildingNet has to offer. Visit https://www.heat-timer.com/
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Enacted in November of 2019, the New York City Climate Mobilization Act (CMA) is an ambitious package of legislation aimed at reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. According to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, over 70% of New York City’s carbon emissions come from buildings. With goals set to reduce carbon emissions in the city by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, building emissions are critical to achieving these levels.
Beginning in 2024, LL97 places stringent and increasing emissions limits on most buildings over 25,000 square feet. Buildings that exceed limits face substantial fines. This makes investments in energy efficiency retrofits and electrification the most economical pathway in many cases.
Who is Impacted by LL97?
If you’re a multi-tenant building owner in the five boroughs, there’s a good chance you are! Estimates are that 50,000 residential and commercial buildings across the city—60% of total buildings must comply with LL97’s requirements. With some exceptions, LL97 covers:
A number of factors go into determining the greenhouse emission limit per building. These include building usage classifications, occupancy levels and gross floor area. However, limits will not be based on volume, but on intensity. Specifically, it will be tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (tCO²e) per square foot.
Guidelines for determining and measuring emission limits were clarified last year and information can be found on the NYC.gov website. It is however a rapidly evolving landscape and many building owners may prefer to resort to third party energy consultants who can do the analysis for you. This analysis once approved will serve as a baseline against which future compliance and reductions are measured. By 2024 all affected building owners should have completed this analysis and had their baselines established.
What is the Law’s Timeline?
Over time, carbon emission requirements for buildings will go down, and fines levied will go up for non-compliance. Emission limits begin in 2024 and become much more stringent after 2030. It is expected that the most carbon-intensive buildings—approximately 20% of eligible buildings—will miss the mark in this initial period and be subject to fines that will be levied in earnest in 2024.
By 2030, maximum emissions limits will be nearly halved with the aim of creating a 40% carbon reduction compared to 2005 levels. Today, 75% of buildings exceed this limit. Building owners can avail themselves of a number of strategies to minimize fines. These include:
Energy efficiency and electrification measures that enable buildings to reduce consumption of the carbon-intensive fuel types are the overarching strategy for building owners affected by LL97. For managers with existing water or steam boilers that are not in need of replacement, Heat-Timer© provides the primary solution for reduction of emissions. Regardless of how new or feature rich your boiler or boilers are, the addition of an appropriate Platinum Series Internet Control with wireless apartment sensors can save you a class leading 30% every month. That’s a real 30% and not carefully chosen and inflated data claimed by some of our competitors. Because our unit runs an internal wireless network for our sensors, installation in any building is easy, and thus payback on the installation charges typically occurs in the first or second year, depending on how big your fuel bill is.
If you already have a Platinum Series Controller, make sure it has been upgraded with our internet upgrade package. Just adding this capability can save you another 15%-20% over the base controller while making control and monitoring on phones, tablets and laptops a snap.
For most building owners in NYC, Heat-Timer© Platinum series products were made to help you be a greener building in a greener world. Call us today to find out more. Visit us https://www.heat-timer.com/
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Whether you own or operate a commercial building providing domestic hot water to its residents, the rise in reported cases of legionella disease nationally has to concern you.
Consider the following graph from the CDC website:
Legionella cases reported to CDC have been on the rise since 2000. Health departments reported nearly 10,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States in 2018, up from barely 1000 cases in 2000, but even that is probably not the whole story. Because many cases of Legionnaires’ disease are improperly diagnosed and unreported, this number almost certainly underestimates the actual occurrences. A recent study estimated that the true number of Legionnaires’ disease cases may be 1.8–2.7 times higher than what is reported. More illness is usually found in the summer and early fall, but it can happen any time of year. The CDC estimates that every year approximately 7.2 million Americans get sick from diseases spread through water.
While some of this increase may be due to increased awareness and ease of internet reporting, there is no doubt that the overall number is on the rise. Factors such as an aging plumbing infrastructure, extended length water piping, and increased aeration in the water due to low flow fixtures and the increasing use of tankless commercial systems installed without mixing valves, can all be contributing factors. In their official Legionella prevention toolkit, the CDC directly recommends the installation of a mixing valve to prevent waterborne disease while preventing a scalding hazard at the sink.
The chart below encapsulates some of the studies on Legionella growth and the temperature ranges involved.
How Heat-Timer® Products Help Create Safe Water Delivery
Water safety in a commercial building or hospital requires careful analysis of many factors in the design of your water distribution system. However, without a doubt the use of water storage systems is a key area to address the elimination of Legionella risk. By storing water at temperatures high enough to kill bacteria while delivering it at safe temperatures to end users, mixing valves have been solving that problem for decades.
The Heat-Timer® mixing valves like our ETV (Electronic Tempering Valve) or our pre-plumbed version called the ETS (Electronic Tempering Station) take safety and accuracy of mixing to the next level.
Our computer controlled valve includes a large, easy-to-read display and user-friendly adjustment module that can be located up to 500 feet from the valve. This allows outlet water temperature to be monitored at a glance and for the temperature to be adjusted without having to access the valve piping.
The ETV Platinum Plus combines a rugged stainless-steel valve body, reliable electronic actuator, and a microcontroller module. The control module constantly monitors the outlet temperature of the valve which is continuously displayed and can be read across the room in virtually any lighting condition. Based on the set point, which is user-adjustable in 1° increments, the control employs PID-type logic to adjust the actuator. The actuator mounts directly to the valve body and mixes the hot and cold water required to produce the desired outlet temperature.
Installation can be incredibly fast and simple if you opt for our ETS which is a pre-plumbed, small footprint solution using our ETV. Simply connect the hot and cold water supply to it and plug it in and you are good to go. This kind of convenience is essential when trying to minimize water supply downtime in an actively used or occupied building.
The ETV control quickly restores the desired water temperature, even after large changes in load conditions, with a minimum of fluctuation. Below is a photo taken of water temperature monitoring before and after the installation of an ETS in a large college dormitory.
Note the wild fluctuation of delivered water temperature prior to installation. After only a few hours of downtime, our ETS was installed and note the straight horizontal line at the right, indicating perfectly consistent water temperature.
Legionella safety is a concern for all of us. There are tried and true solutions out there today for your building. Give Heat-Timer® a call today to see how we can help. https://www.heat-timer.com/
Original Source: https://www.heat-timer.com/commercial-buildings-need-to-prioritize-water-safety/
School’s almost out for summer, but you better think twice before you just let your boilers enjoy a long summer vacation. While it’s important to update a boiler maintenance checklist all year long, it’s even more important to dedicate time in the summer to do a more significant check-in on your commercial boilers. For one, many of the people in your building will be taking advantage of summer vacations which means less people occupying the space at one time.
Now is the time to invest in energy-efficient heating system upgrades that will reduce your energy costs in the long run, and prevent you from making multiple trips to the boiler room during peak heating season. Where do you start? Here are five recommendations to keep in mind when performing commercial boiler maintenance in the summer by our team at Heat-Timer®.
Never underestimate the power of a good general cleaning.
A deep clean is not only reserved for spring. Start your summer commercial boiler maintenance on the right foot with a good cleaning of the boiler room. A dark, dirty, and cluttered boiler room is a breeding ground for potential problems down the line. Begin by removing anything stored in the room that is not crucial for boiler operation and replace lightbulbs with energy-efficient LEDs to ensure your electricity bill stays low and your lighting lasts longer. Finally, give the floor a good mop and vacuum out the cobwebs and dust from the boiler equipment. With all the garbage removed you’ll be able to take a good look around to find the real problems.
If you haven’t already, make a boiler inspection list and check it twice.
Make a list of what to look for during your commercial boiler inspection. Be sure to include what to inspect on the actual boiler itself, as well as the surrounding environment. Some common examples to look for: water stains on the floor, rust on pumps or valves, droopy pipe insulation, and for damaged sensors or valve controls. These are all signs of pending failures. For steam heating systems in particular, inspect the main line air vents. In general, look for water stains and any evidence of leaking.
As for the surrounding area, walk the building outside the boiler room. Check radiators and make sure the steam radiator air vents have not been painted over or tampered with. If you have installed remote wireless sensors, like the Heat-Timer® Wireless Sensor System, this is a good time to check the control portal to see if any sensors in your building need new batteries.
If you don’t have a heating control and/or an associated network of wireless sensors monitoring your building, this may be the summer to install it. A Heat-Timer® Internet heating controller can monitor your commercial building via a network of wireless sensors and give you instant updates about your building’s health and the operation performance of valves and boilers in your system. These sensors include room sensors that provide real time information on the hot and cold areas of your building, allowing the self-learning algorithms in our controls to keep the room temperature stable without unnecessarily putting your boiler into overdrive.
Our building control also provides internet and mobile app based alarms and monitoring. From your smartphone or tablet, a building manager can see reports on energy usage, critical temperatures and can set or tweak all parameters associated with the efficient heating of the building.
Take note of the heat, pipe insulation may be in order.
Does your boiler room feel like a sauna during the heating season? This is a strong indicator that the pipes in your boiler room are uninsulated, or the insulation is damaged or missing. Summer is the perfect time to insulate any exposed pipes since they are all at a safe temperature. Here are three major benefits to insulating the system heating pipes:
Thoroughly clean out the boiler and make proactive repairs.
The boiler is the heart of the heating system. Neglect the heart, and the whole body will fail – same goes with your commercial heating system. If maintenance isn’t performed routinely and properly, the system can fail in many sudden and expensive ways.
Summer gives you the time to drain the boiler, so that both the fireside and waterside of the boiler can be properly cleaned and inspected. Hire a qualified boiler technician to inspect and clean the burner. If necessary, they should also replace the three most crucial safety systems on the boiler.
Upgrade to more efficient boiler controls
If your boiler controls are more than 10 years old, it’s time that you benefit from self learning heating controls and the convenience of remote monitoring provided by controls like the Heat-Timer® Platinum Series or new Heat-Timer® Genesis, for smaller buildings.
Heat Timer® series controls come standard with outdoor reset sensors, wireless temperature sensors, and self-learning software that continuously optimizes the heating cycle for your buildings thermal loss characteristics and the local climate. This alone reduces heating costs up to 30%, while the system’s internet communication option will allow you to manage your heating system from anywhere with an internet connection and a mobile device. For more information call Heat-Timer® today
Before you hit the Beach, Get Your Building Under Control
There is really no better time than summer to get your winter heating system dealt with and that should include upgrades like a Heat-Timer® Control System.
For those who already have a non-internet version of a Platinum control, getting our internet upgrade should also be a priority. This upgrade includes both a wireless sensor system, as well as complete internet and mobile connectivity. The best part of this is that you can save as much as an additional 30% with additional capability this upgrade allows while improving resident comfort.
To learn more about our energy-efficient building controls like our Platinum Series or the new Heat-Timer® Genesis, please visit us at: https://www.heat-timer.com/
Original Source: https://www.heat-timer.com/commercial-boiler-maintenance-in-the-summer-what-you-need-to-know/
For plumbing professionals, time IS money. The longer a job takes, the longer your guys are tied up and can’t get to the next job. Or you have to bid the expected time so high that you never get the job in the first place.
Heat-Timer® has been helping commercial plumbers for decades by providing them high quality solutions for domestic hot water systems. The most current evolution of our 3-way mixing valve, we call our ETV or Electronic Tempering Valve. This motorized mixing valve is driven by a control module that utilizes an immersion sensor to control the mix of hot and cold water to maintain a desired mixed outlet temp +/- 2 degrees. With our computer guided ETV running the show, you can keep your hot water supply heated hot enough to be safe from bacteria (See Table Below) like Legionella, while delivering a perfectly controlled hot water temperature to end users.
Heat-Timer’s ETV Now Delivered Inside the ETSThe Heat-Timer Electronic Tempering Valve (ETV) has been an industry standard valve for reliability and accuracy for many years. It’s a go-to for most commercial plumbers that have been around a while. But what many of them still don’t know is that the ETV is now available as part of the Electronic Tempering Station (ETS). This is a pre-plumbed ETV solution available in multiple piping sizes from 1 ½ inch to 4 inch piping. The entire goal of the ETS is to provide a ready to go solution for valve replacement that requires nothing more than hot and cold water connections and some A/C for the ETV Controller. Field experience has shown that the ETS saves many hours of time at the jobsite, in some cases allowing a complete switchover to the ETS solution in only a few hours.
The ETS is a completely pre-wired, pre-plumbed solution including all unions, isolation valves, sensors and check valves that would be required in a first rate field installation. For added protection, the ETS assembly is configured to shut off the hot water supply to the mixing valve on loss of power or if the mixed outlet temperature exceeds the Alarm Limit. It does that by operating a separate High Temp Limit valve located on the hot water supply.
The assembly is compact and saves plumbers many hours of painstaking work while decreasing downtime of the hot water supply to the building being retrofitted. It is extremely cost effective and even comes in a duplex configuration built for high GPM requirements or critical installations requiring redundancy.
You do the math but we’re pretty sure that if you’re bidding large jobs for apartments, hotels, or hospital conversions, you’ll be at a competitive advantage if you bid with Heat-Timer’s Electronic Tempering Station. The ETS is simply the most economical, high-tech, and most efficient integrated DHW solution to bid on your next job.
And don’t forget about the new ETS-LT, the wall mounted lower cost version of our ETS for simplex (single valve) configurations, for saving even more time/money on your DHW installations. Features of the ETS-LT
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One of the most appealing parts of the Heat-Timer® Platinum Series is the wireless sensor connectivity that comes with our Building Net internet upgrade. There are thousands of clients who own an original, non-internet capable Platinum Series control and when they upgrade the control with our Building Net internet package they actually get two major elements:
And now Wireless Sensor Integration is Even EasierWith the introduction of Heat-Timer® Genesis last year, small building owners actually got their first look at an improved wireless sensor and sensor network. Utilizing newer, long range technology two major upgrades became part of the wireless sensor system:
For more information, call Heat-Timer® today at (973) 575-4004
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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.