Much is changing the face of HVAC

The Internet of Things revolution has been massive. The ability to have such remotely absolute control over our devices has been pushing this technology forward faster than ever. Not even the usual fear of getting breached due to the use of the internet is stopping people from getting involved with IoT. Amidst all of this excitement, a particular field that has been in existence for long- HVAC- is taking more than its fair share of attention.
We’ve always tried to get our HVAC systems (air conditioners and heaters) to work without much assistance from us. This explains remote controls for air conditioners and thermostats for heaters. IoT, however, helps us achieve this aim in a way that’s never been tried before. We can now control our temperature regulation devices from even outside the building all through the tap of a screen. The feeling of glee engendered by such cutting-edge technology borders on magic.
Despite all of this, IoT is still just a tool in the end. Its effects depend both on its own efficiency and on the knowledge and understanding of the user. In this piece, we are going to consider a couple of things you need to look out for in selecting an IoT platform for your HVAC system.
Security: The importance of security cannot be overemphasized. IoT is internet based and this means there’s increased susceptibility to cyber-attacks and malicious software. Having an external party be in control of the temperature and other atmospheric conditions is not a very good idea. When that external party is malicious, you have a potentially fatal situation on ground. Like a popular maxim says, “if you can’t secure it, don’t purchase it” It may be better to stay of IoT if there is no reasonable assurance of security.
Use Open source tech: Open source platforms are sure wins when considering which IoT system to work with. This is because they can be programmed or modified to suit particular control requirements. More rigid systems may not offer similar levels of flexibility. Also, there’s the basic and simple reason that open source platforms are free to work on and offer you the opportunity to contribute your quota to making the system better.
Ensure that your system incorporates feedback: As far as temperature levels and other HVAC factors are concerned, preferences are subjective. A temperature that’s too cold for a particular individual may be perfectly normal for another. The definition of ‘too hot’ varies from person to person. A strong feature of IoT must then be its ability to draw inferences from previous usage data and fairly predict the distinct preferences of the user. This is important in providing a totally seamless user experience.
Projected Maintenance: From collected data over time, IoT enabled HVAC systems should be able to alert users when maintenance services are due. It will definitely be an highly undesirable solution if your HVAC system breaks down and the IoT interface tools are unable to control it any longer.