If you don’t have a building automation system as a part of your operations, you are missing out on a host of benefits that come with increased control and reporting. When you install automated building control systems, you can take advantage of all of the benefits that come with building data collection and analysis. By automating your commercial space, you can access all of your system data and find out how you can save money and optimize your building operations. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most exciting benefits of building automation systems. Let’s dive in!

What are Building Automation Systems?

Find out why building automation systems are essential for building owners to gather important analytics

HVAC control systems can be optimized for energy efficiency using automation.

Integrated smart technology now affects every corner of our lives, whether it’s in a commercial building or in the home. As more and more properties are upgraded to automated building control systems, these systems become the default for building operations. Automation has become so commonly used for a reason — they make building management easier and less expensive. Building automation systems can also provide you with an incredible amount of data on every system currently in use. That means you can pull comprehensive reports on your HVAC, electrical, water, security system, and more. To get a bit more specific, let’s take a look at the most impressive benefits of building automation systems.

Easily Access All Building Operations Data

The more data you collected through your building automation systems, the more insight you have into weak points in your operations

Control your lighting and all other systems from your smart device.

When you install a building automation system and begin collecting data, you can more clearly identify current or future issues in the building. Once these issues are identified, your automation system learns and suggests solutions. When you choose automated building control systems, you can easily pull the following data points:

  • Energy usage
  • System status
  • Building conditions
  • Equipment use
  • Current or potential failure points

Depending on the data that is most important for your building operations, you can prioritize certain statistics over others so you can get a clear picture of your operating systems. One of the lesser known advantages of building control systems is their simplicity in delivering the most pertinent information.

Maximize Energy Efficiency

Your building automation systems track your energy consumption and offer suggestions to save on your monthly bills

Easily adjust settings for nighttime and daytime commercial lighting.

Without a building automation system, there is a good chance that you are missing out on ways to optimize your building operations and save energy. Thankfully, an building automation systems can produce significant savings on your operating costs. 

When you automate your building, you’ll receive efficiency reports for each system. For example, if there is unnecessary lighting or heating, your building automation will let you know and offer suggestions. As we’ll get to a bit later, you can further optimize your space by adding motion and heat sensors.

Decreased System Downtime

Another money saving feature of automation is limited downtime

Avoid system failures by using automated analytics.

Downtime can be a major hassle when you’re dealing with large commercial buildings. A lack of heat, water, or electricity could shutter your whole operation until the situation can be addressed by a technician. Your building automation system can deliver insights into your operations that can save you from experiencing downtime. For example, if your plumbing system has a small leak, your building automation system will detect it before it becomes an issue that requires system shutdown.

Streamlined Maintenance

When your analytics show that there is a potential failure point, you can direct technicians directly to the issue

Automation makes life easier for you and your hired technicians.

Before building control systems, property owners relied on routine building automation maintenance visits to ensure everything was working properly. However, often these maintenance visits are either unnecessary or fail to locate potential problems that could come up in the future. When you automate your building, you no longer need to make guesses as to the source of problems — your automation system will tell you. You can even rely on your building control system to schedule routine maintenance visits based on age, last maintenance, and other factors that you can stipulate depending on your preferences. By using automation to streamline your maintenance, you will save money and headaches. Not to mention, you can avoid money-wasting downtime with the data pulled from your building operations.

There are so many advantages to using automated building control system analytics to improve your commercial building operations. We’ve only scratched the surface of how powerful analytics can be for overall building optimization. If you’re considering a building automation system, now is the time to take control of your operations and start saving money thanks to automated analytics.

Anurag Choudhari is the co-founder of Geekenized Technologies LLP, a web development & digital marketing agency that helps various SMBs & SMEs in developing & maintaining their online presence.

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