What’s everyone’s favorite saying in the corporate industry? Work smarter, not harder. That’s the fundamental concept behind smart building technology, which uses automated processes, sophisticated software, and centralized control to manage essential operational systems more efficiently and effectively.
Smart building technology has the potential to make office buildings and other commercial spaces more comfortable, productive, and energy-efficient. Are you intrigued? Then keep reading to learn two technologies that could improve your commercial spaces in Buffalo, Orchard Park, Amherst, or elsewhere in Western New York.
Proper heating and cooling are two of the most important factors contributing to employee comfort and productivity in the office. Nobody can focus and work productively in an environment that’s too hot or too cold. At the same time, heating and cooling large offices and commercial buildings is one of the largest overhead expenses for businesses.
Automated HVAC control solves both problems. Smart sensors placed in conference rooms can automatically turn up the air and ventilation when the system registers someone is in the room. Once a space is empty for 15 minutes, the HVAC can turn off automatically. Sensor technology helps ensure that the HVAC is only operational when necessary, instead of running full blast in an empty conference room all day.
Additionally, smart thermostats and temperature probes can automatically adjust the temperature throughout the building based on the time of day, building occupancy, weather outside, and predefined ranges. Having more precise, regulated control helps reduce energy output while still maintaining a comfortable environment indoors.
Lighting and shading are two other technologies that significantly contribute to comfort and productivity. Like HVAC control, automated lights and motorized shades can help cut energy expenses while keeping your employees happy. Lighting sensors placed throughout large buildings can turn off the lights in vacant spaces (like restrooms, conference rooms, and closets) and only activate lighting when a room or area is occupied.
In addition, motorized shades can operate on a schedule to raise and lower during the day based on the sun’s position, letting in natural light from indirect sunlight, then closing to reduce heat gain and glare when the sun is brightest. Or, motorized shades can function automatically in conjunction with sensor technology that triggers the shades to open in the morning to warm the building naturally, then close a few hours later to keep cool air inside.
Are you ready to bring smart building technology to your business? Sound & Theater is here to help you with all your commercial automation needs. Just contact us here or send us a live chat below to get started!