The Heat is ON!

5 simple, easy to implement, Building Management System (BMS) checks that will ensure your system is performing at its best...

1. Optimisation and Setback

Installing optimisation software on your existing BMS, or fitting a standalone optimiser, will ensure that your building's heating is optimised to bring the heating on only when required. Optimisation works by monitoring your building's internal space temperature and comparing it to the outside air temperature. The optimiser automatically learns when is the best time to enable your heating system each morning to bring your building up to temperature on schedule. Implementing set back and free cooling routines will aid your energy efficiency further by utilising the outside air temperature to control your space temperatures out of hours.

2. Weather Compensation

The warmer the day outside, the lower the heating should be inside. Automate this process by implementing compensation software on your BMS, or installing a standalone compensator, that monitors external temperatures and adjusts the internal climate accordingly.

3. Fix Faulty Devices

It may seem obvious, but you'd be amazed how many systems are operating with faulty components such as seized VT valves and un-calibrated temperature sensors. Faulty devices often mean more energy consumption than you really need. If, for example, your space temperature sensor is 1 or 2 degrees lower than the actual reading, your heating system will be running for considerably longer to achieve the settings.

4. Monitoring and Alarming

The majority of Building Management Systems have been designed and installed with outdated specifications or comfort requirements in mind, monitoring faults rather than actual conditions and energy consumption. These days, it is easy to adapt your BMS from a system used for fault monitoring to a Building and Energy Management System by making simple software changes and / or installing a fully functional metering system. For example, you may already know when your heating pump fails, but do you know when it has been running for more than the number of hours required to heat your building? You may know when your boiler develops a fault, but do you have the data to tell you that it has been consistently providing 10% too much heat? After all, knowledge is power!

5. PPM Maintenance

Regular planned preventative maintenance will ensure that the BMS and associated systems are ready to operate efficiently. Here at Comfort Controls we pride ourselves on our first class maintenance programme. Each of our sites undergoes an initial site survey to determine the BMS usage and energy requirements, we then calculate the required number of visits and the type of service required specifically for your system. Whether it is one visit per year or one per week, our engineers are fully trained to manage the BMS and to ensure you get the most out of your systems.