For HVAC professionals considering a commercial heating control solution for an apartment complex, school, office building or other multi-dwelling structure, there are several considerations.
Heat-Timer® Internet Control – “Building Net”
The Heat-Timer® Platinum series controls are meant for the most discerning professionals, those who want to be sure they are getting absolute maximum energy savings from their heating control. When equipped with our internet control package called “Building Net,” our Platinum series modules can be completely controlled from any internet browser, or by using our free mobile app on any cell phone or tablet.
What makes our app unique is the same thing that makes our controls unique: sophisticated parameter control and monitoring algorithms all fully exposed through our internet portal and free mobile app. You can program and receive alarms on your cell phone or tablet device. You can change any setting that could be changed at the control location, and the remote settings will override any subsequent changes made at the control location. There are security levels that can be set, restricting user capabilities as required. Furthermore, automated reports can be emailed to your computer daily, weekly or monthly.
It is worth mentioning that Platinum Series does not rely on the availability of the internet for operation, it can and does function completely independently. If the internet was down, settings can be changed locally when proper security credentials are presented.
Heat-Timer’s Building Net is Net Positive for your Energy Bill, and your Quality of Life
As leaders in the Heating Control industry, we invite HVAC and plumbing professionals to compare the sophistication and intelligence of our “learning” controls, with any other heating controls available in the market today. Add to that the flexibility of Building Net remote monitoring and control, and we become the clear choice for maximum energy savings in your commercial application.
Please call our team today for more information.
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As technology in the heating industry marches forward, the complexity and options within commercial heating designs presents an interesting paradox. The systems are getting both simpler, and more complex at the same time.
How is this possible you may ask?
Plug & Play Boiler Control
For certain smaller commercial applications, steam boilers now boast features like integrated lead/lag capability, up to 95% thermal efficiency, integrated outdoor reset, pretty touchscreen displays, data logging and more plug and play connections. Boiler manufacturers are doing their best to get on the bandwagon with all things digital and most have cobbled together rudimentary control systems into their boilers that allow them to achieve better efficiency and easier installation for professionals.
Still, most commercial HVAC contractors prefer a dedicated control system for anything but the most simple boiler configurations. Systems like these take energy management to a whole other level. Modern heating control systems like the Heat Timer platinum series have evolved to provide easier building integration, simpler user interfaces all controlled through a mobile app or our dedicated website, with wireless sensor integration that even removes the “plug” from plug & play.
Boiler Control Complexity Can Also Be Your Friend
Perhaps somewhat counter intuitive is that the ability to have complex detailed control, is not necessary the enemy of simplicity. It’s all about how you design it. It’s possible to have both efficient plug & play operation that gets you 80% of the way there, and the ability to tweak our heating control to achieve a level of energy efficiency that is still unparalleled in the industry.
In this way, Heat-Timer® Platinum series controls give the HVAC professional an edge over all other commercial heating controls. Consider the following advanced features of the Heat-Timer® MPC Platinum control, designed to operate a steam boiler and/or steam valve to provide steam outdoor reset in a single-pipe or two-pipe steam heating system.
Wireless Remote Space Sensor Integration – With this capability, HVAC professionals working with building managers can debug the most complex heating distribution problems in their building. A well trained HVAC tech can intelligently move around the space sensors while looking at detailed heating, temperature, and energy usage curves to determine how to construct a perfectly efficient and comfortable heating curve for the problem area and the building at large. Like anything, the more you use our control, the easier this becomes. And once most HVAC Pro’s see what is possible with Heat-Timer® controls, they seldom use anything else.
Just some of other the wireless sensors integrated into the Heat Timer system include:
With over 80 years of experience building heating controls, it’s no surprise that Heat-Timer® leads the heating controls industry in features, simplicity, yet comprehensiveness of our control.
For more information, contact a Heat-Timer® professional today.
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The skyrocketing cost of energy, coupled with advanced developments in heating and cooling technology, means that being “green” may refer to the color of money, as much as the environment. The government is involved too, setting and updating energy efficiency standards at both the state and federal level. All these changes conspire to create an ecosystem in 2020 that is more fuel efficient, uses more renewable energy sources, and increases comfort while decreasing energy use overall.
Trend 1 – Smarter Heating System Designs
As more and more older buildings are faced with increasingly challenging comfort and energy usage issues using their aging boilers, they will continue to replace these with newer, high efficiency systems. These new system designs will almost universally include some kind of advanced building energy management system that acts like the conductor of the boiler orchestra. Additionally, using control technology with features like outdoor reset, will insure that these new mechanical rooms provide maximum comfort for minimum cost.
Trend 2 – The Internet of Even More Things
Wireless connectivity will continue to penetrate more of the devices we formerly loved to wire. In the heating world that means that things like room sensors will integrate into old buildings more easily, and they will provide more data than ever before, allowing more sophisticated, predictive algorithms to be developed for heating and hot water control.
Trend 3 – Remote Monitoring
In 2020, modern mechanical rooms will make midnight site visits to turn valves or investigate leaks, a distant memory. Pioneered by Heat-Timer® almost 10 years ago, modern heating control systems like the Heat-Timer Platinum series send alerts and notifications directly to your cell phone through an app designed for this purpose. You can view your boiler operation and energy usage in real-time and all parameters can be adjusted reliably from the comfort of your couch. The apps and intelligence of these wireless systems will only continue to get better in 2020.
Trend 4 – Integrated Building Management Systems
More and more buildings are looking at comprehensive solutions for monitoring and control for everything from your HVAC system, to the lights, sprinklers, and alarm systems. Heat-Timer® foresaw this continuing trend many years ago and created Building NET, and internet communications backbone that allows remote operation of our system. In many installations our system is integrated into a complete building management system using this sophisticated interface allowing our Platinum series control to apply its best-in-class heating management but still allowing the building manager to use a higher level, fully integrated BMS.
The Future for Heating Controls Looks Hot
For commercial building managers, for buildings new or old, your first step into the future really is the application of a wireless, self learning, outdoor reset based control like the Heat-Timer Platinum series.
Call our team today to see what control is right for your application.
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According to a new report from Pacific Northwest Group, the average commercial building spends over 50% of its energy costs on HVAC. And in the cooler northern areas of the country, most of that is certainly related to heating costs. Depending on the size of your facility, this can be thousands, tens of thousands or even millions of dollars every month.
Despite this there is often reluctance for building managers, apartments, schools and universities to undertake the cost of reworking their heating system to use some form of an Energy Management System. Large institutions budget carefully and well in advance and so the foresight to spend the upfront dollars is often not there. These professionals understand that boiler efficiency is part of cutting energy costs but the question is often “how much will I save”. Depending on your situation, that can be a hard question to answer, and an important one when considering the timeframe for payback on an HVAC system control upgrade or an even more extensive system overhaul.
Thoughts on Heating System Upgrades
As the premier manufacturer of commercial Heating Controls in the United States, we can confidently tell you that the cost of the actual control is not the problem for building managers. Most are happy to spring for the best heating control they can find (Heat Timer Platinum Series). This becomes insurance that you are getting the most savings potential, performance, and control flexibility out of your heating control system investment.
Instead, the issue is often the ancillary costs of a heating system upgrade that get considered along with the control. Depending on the age of your building and mechanical equipment, you may be considering new boilers, new piping, replacing aged radiators, a domestic hot water upgrade, valve replacements etc… Once building managers start down the road of upgrades, everything tends to get looked at and the final bill can be daunting and become a reason to do nothing at all.
But the real cost of Heating Controls, is the cost of doing nothing. That’s a cost you pay each and every month. It comes right off your bottom line, long after the upfront cost of a system install would have been amortized by your accountants.
A Solution to Managing Up Front Costs
Another thing we can say from experience is that the improvement in energy usage provided by a new Heating Control system is typically both the cheapest, yet most impactful move you can make toward reducing your energy bill. With systems like the Heat-Timer Platinum series, you don’t have to replace everything all at once to see savings. Because our systems are so intelligent and flexible, the system you install today can be easily reconfigured to run at maximum efficiency, for that replacement boiler you buy next year.
Hey, you can buy it with all the money you saved from the installation of the heating control!
For more information on what kinds of savings you can expect from the installation of a Heat-Timer® control, call our team today.
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When its cold outside and your commercial heating system suddenly stops working, you’ve got an emergency on your hands. Whether you’re running an apartment building, an office space, a retail mall or school, you need to act quickly to avoid downtime. That’s the time to call your preferred commercial HVAC company and get the problem dealt with as quickly as possible.
Often times however the news is not good, particularly if this is the 4th time your 20 year old boiler system has gone AWOL this year. Chances are that the following things are true about your boiler system
Planning for your Long Overdue Heating Upgrade
While commercial boilers have become ever more efficient over the last 20 years, in large building configurations, it is the orchestration of multiple boilers in an intelligent and anticipatory way that is primarily responsible for keeping money in your pocket. Heating control systems, integrated with wireless sensors and motorized valves, have become the tools we use to both control our boiler systems, and anticipate problems before they occur. In a best-in-class heating control system like the heat timer platinum series, features like outdoor reset, and wireless alarm and control alerts delivered to your cell phone, have taken the sting out of midnight visits to the boiler room.
When considering a comprehensive upgrade to your building heating system, inclusion of a best in class heating control system is the key to maximizing your energy savings now, and into the future. Heat-Timer systems are the high end of heating control for sure, but they will save you more each month than any other heating control system you will find. They are the only systems with true “learning algorithms” that learn the heating characteristics of your building over time. The additional monthly savings allow you to recoup your up front investment quickly and then its all straight to your bottom line.
For more information on Heat-Timer® Control Systems for Heating and Domestic Hot Water, contact us today or visit https://heat-timer.com
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When winter approaches the operators of commercial buildings and apartments prepare for the high cost of energy during cold months. Heating systems across the country come alive and for many, a season of soul crushing angst as the complex interplay of multiple boiler rooms and irate tenants conspire to make you look forward to spring
As a smart commercial building manager, you are aware of all the band-aid solutions to heating inefficiency, better door and window insulation, smarter thermostats, pro-active steam-valve management, etc… but despite the expense and effort of implementing these systems, the big dollar savings may still elude you. You’ve got an orchestra full of instruments, but you’re playing all the parts yourself.
Heating Control Systems Could be Your Missing Link
Energy Management Systems like the Heat-Timer® Platinum Series, may be the key to solving many of the boiler management challenges of your energy consumption.
For instance, old buildings may have older steam heating systems with their noisy radiators and such. While new construction has largely left these steam systems behind in favor of more modern solutions, old steam heating systems can still be made much more cost effective to operate through installation of high efficiency boilers and an intelligent control system.
Systems provided by Heat-Timer can be configured to control and integrate many parts of your Heating, Cooling, or Domestic Hot Water solution. With features like wireless sensors, motorized valve integration, outdoor reset, and intelligent learning algorithms, they are the most advanced controls on the market, suitable for any building and any boiler configuration.
Control Features include:
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With the US currently leading the world in AI, and spending trillions of dollars through private investment, it was just a matter of time before AI found its way into the Building and Energy Management systems responsible for HVAC control.
That’s also because In the Internet of Things (IOT), the things are getting much smarter.
Today’s sensors are smaller, more accurate, measure more things, and consume less power than your grandma’s heating sensors. They’re also wireless, allowing placement in buildings where running complex wiring was a non-starter. Couple sophisticated sensor data with smart control algorithms that can coordinate the actions of dozens of boilers and valves across multiple boiler rooms, buildings and campus’ and you have a system that is crying out for the kind of intelligence only AI technology can bring.
The Justification for AI in Heating Controls
As far as HVAC is concerned, building owners know it is all about the money. How can they reduce their energy usage the maximum amount possible, while still providing acceptable levels of comfort for their tenants? Times of peak demand are the most expensive times to use energy and they occur when HVAC is needed the most. Some utilities also use a building’s highest peak in energy usage to set rates and apply costly demand fees. The capability to optimize the amount of energy used, the amount spent on energy and energy used during times of peak demands will greatly impact operating costs and hit your bottom line directly.
A Heating Control with 7th Generation AI – Worth its Weight in Platinum
Heat-Timer® has been ahead of the curve on the use of AI in its heating controls for almost a decade. Algorithm’s used in our premier Platinum Series control are currently 7th generation, and have been designed to actually learn the heating characteristics (loss rates, thermal loads, peak periods etc..) of your building. Armed with data through our diverse network of wireless sensors, heating profiles are created that allow us to anticipate usage in parts of your building and drive the operation of your boilers and/or domestic hot water supply accordingly.
Another benefit of the sophisticated AI in the Platinum Controls is that they are more plug & play than many HVAC professionals or building managers expect. When coupled with our motorized valves, these systems can be installed without complex training or hours spent configuring the control. They provide all alarms and parameters to authorized users right on their mobile phones, desktops or laptops, and so control and service calls in the middle of the night are all but eliminated.
The Heat-Timer Platinum Series Controls are at the top of the food chain when it comes to heating controls and AI. For more information please contact a Heat-Timer® representative today.
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