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Preparing your business for summer

May 2021 —

Getting Your Sites Ready for Summer Using ConnectedControl

This blog originally appeared on GridPoint’s site, view the original post here

Summer is quickly approaching. With record heat levels being reached every year, ensuring your building is reaching its maximum efficiency is key for your budget. Here are a few ways you can utilize ConnectedControl to ensure an efficient, comfortable summer while reducing unexpected electrical equipment repairs:

Update your store hours
Many businesses open earlier and close later in the summer months, but if hours aren’t updated in ConnectedControl the temperature inside won’t reflect the open hours, resulting in uncomfortable customers.  That’s why with ConnectedControl’s easy-to-use platform, you can update your hours at multiple locations with just a few clicks. Additionally, using our advanced scheduling feature, you can tailor the set temperatures based on your operations throughout the day and evening.

Establish setpoints
Who doesn’t love the feeling of walking in a cool building after being outside on a 100-degree day? But over-cooling your space can kill your energy budget and put unnecessary strain on your HVAC units. ConnectedControl’s smart building technology considers external weather data to ensure that the location’s internal temperature remains comfortable and the HVAC functionality is optimized. ConnectedControl’s Dynamic Setpoint Algorithm is a safety net that makes sure your HVAC units adjust automatically to unexpected temperature changes. Users can then set a more modest setpoint without fear of fluctuation. Of course, overrides can be done from the on-site controller or remotely by a mobile device if needed.

Assess HVAC unit health before an issue occurs
HVAC maintenance can be costly, but not as costly as a replacement unit or the downtime that results from a unit that has failed. Instead of scheduling an on-sight technician to do a seasonal checkup on your HVAC units, ConnectedControl’s HVAC Scope Test allows you to remotely run a series of tests to identify issues and ensure operational performance.

Enroll in a Utility Demand Response program
Demand Response programs are offered by many local utilities, contact your provider to inquire about opportunities in your area. These programs enable utility customers to contribute to energy load reductions during times of peak demand in exchange for an incentive. This results in improved service to the whole geographic area saves energy and saves energy expense. This is a great way to be environmentally supportive, save money, and still operate your facility with comfort in mind.

Run reports to benchmark your usage
Reports are a great way to compare equipment performance or energy usage at a site against itself or across other sites over a period of time.  Reports visualize anomalies or failures, and can also help identify opportunities for performance improvements.  By establishing a baseline, users can adopt realistic energy strategies that are aligned with their department and company goals.

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