Numerous studies conclude that thermal comfort inside buildings has a direct impact on people’s health. Thermal comfort would be the achievement of the well-being that is experienced when we manage to obtain the temperature that makes us feel fully at ease, far from that state we have when we feel cold or hot. Although two people can have very different thermal sensations in the same space, there is a meeting point where everyone can be comfortable with the temperature that is established.
Manufacturers of equipment and systems must offer the commitment to society to continuously invest in R&D to develop products and services oriented to sustainable development objectives. Future generations will appreciate it.
Where can these sustainable solutions go?
1. THE USE OF THERMOSTATS SAVES UP TO 25% OF ENERGY
“I leave the house and I remember that I have left the heating on”, “we are going to be home until the afternoon and I don’t want the heating to be running all day, spending and consuming unnecessarily” … I open an application from the mobile to control the heating and turn it off. As simple as this is the control of the heating or air conditioning from the mobile.
In addition to the functionalities such as turning off, turning on, making time schedules, checking energy consumption, or adjusting the temperature, the thermostats also make it possible to detect operating anomalies or receive warnings, so that we can contact the technical service automatically, speeding up the process and minimizing the inconvenience of running out of heating service.
2. THE USE OF THERMOSTATS AVOID ELECTRIC CONSUMPTION PEAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
With the entry into force of the new electricity rate system in our country, the thermostats allow easy time programming that adapts the electrical consumption of the system to the cheapest rates. This will allow a reduction in the user’s own electricity bill and will help the global objective of flattening the country’s daily demand curve. The objective established at the European level for 100% renewable electricity production goes, without a doubt, to avoid consumption peaks throughout the day.
The future is to focus on the user and adapt to him. Because, after all, our comfort needs vary throughout the day and from one person to another, and that is the great challenge for thermostats from now on, to provide each user with the comfort they need at all times with solutions agile and efficient.
3. AEROTHERMAL, A FUTURE SOLUTION TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Heating represents 41% of the energy consumption of our home. This gives special relevance to the type of equipment we have. Condensing boilers and aerothermal heat pumps are the ones that offer us greater efficiency with any type of installation, and they can also be combined with renewable energies such as solar thermal and photovoltaic.
The energy expenditure destined to produce sanitary hot water is the second in importance and represents 26% of the total. To save energy in this essential service in our home, it is very important to have a device that adjusts the power to the real needs that may arise at all times.
Solar energy offers us the possibility of preheating the water, in many cases dispensing with the use of a heat generator, and maximizing the use of 100% renewable energy.
4. SUSTAINABLE HEALTH AND WELLNESS
External factors that influence the temperature in the home can be environmental factors. Normally, when we think that we are cold or hot, we only notice the temperature, but there are other factors that influence it. Among the environmental ones, the air temperature is taken into account, but also its speed, the ambient humidity, and the average radiant temperature.
The connected air conditioning equipment allows the temperature to be automatically adjusted until the right comfort point is found in each room and in each user. You can also adjust other parameters that affect well-being, such as the volume of air renewal in the home and relative humidity.
5. BIG DATA, TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE MAINTENANCE
The connectivity that new technologies offer us today allows us to centrally store the data of any device: they explain its performance, its efficiency, its possible failures … in an absolutely efficient way. All these data are used for further analysis and lead to predictive maintenance, that is, they allow us to act before the breakdown occurs. The “big data” makes it real to advance to possible technical incidents.
This remote maintenance absolutely improves the life cycle of the equipment because it increases its use and reduces the generation of waste.
Connected air conditioning equipment allows remote maintenance, which encompasses various activities based on remote access. With them, work and travel times are minimized, and therefore costs for technician visits (travel, vehicle consumption, etc …). While downtime is reduced, the user enjoys continuous comfort without surprises or unpleasant setbacks.
Here is a video on how to keep your house cool without an AC during summer.