Efficiency

Could Smart Systems Using Thermal Cameras Replace Thermostats?

HVAC systems should operate to ensure the comfort of individuals, not based on the temperature in a room. That’s the thinking behind a system devised by researchers that uses thermal cameras to measure the temperatures of faces in a room and adjusts operation of the HVAC system accordingly. Among other things, the scheme shifts the focus away from facilities and toward occupants, who reflect a truer measure of system effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed...

Johnson Controls Announces The Launch Of Openblue Digital Platform To Support Smart And Sustainable Buildings

Johnson Controls, a global provider of smart and sustainable buildings, is launching OpenBlue - a complete suite of connected solutions and services that combine the Company’s 135 years of building expertise with cutting-edge technology. This open digital platform, when integrated with Johnson Controls core building systems and enhanced by Fortune 100 technology partners, will make shared spaces safer, more agile and more sustainable. Johnson Controls OpenBlue is the culmination of years...

Invertek Drives Introduces Coolvert VFD As Having One Of The Smallest Footprints And Widest Ambient Operating Temperature

A new high-performance variable frequency drive (VFD) designed for OEMs to optimize the performance and the lower the energy costs of BLDC compressors used in heat pumps and condensing units has been launched by Invertek Drives. The new Optidrive Coolvert is one of the smallest in its class, providing machine builders with opportunities to reduce panel space and lower machine costs. Designed to operate specifically with CO2 refrigerant condensing systems, it can provide end-users with energy sa...

Connect ONE And ecobee WiFi SmartThermostats Integration Provides Customers With Energy Savings Options

Security dealers now have the opportunity to offer their customers substantial energy savings while earning recurring monthly revenue (RMR) with a new integration developed between the Connect ONE cloud-hosted interface and ecobee WiFi SmartThermostats. Connect ONE Connect ONE, an award-winning service and management platform from Connected Technologies, now provides seamless support and control of popular ecobee, allowing dealers to expand into managed services for energy management and envir...

Viessmann Makes Efficient Heating Accessible To British Homes With Vitocal 100-A Heat Pump

Viessmann has introduced the new Vitocal 100-A air source heat pump, the most compact and affordable model in its range. Designed for ease of installation in the standard British heating system - and therefore ideal for the replacement of gas and oil boilers - the monobloc unit’s tight dimensions are perfect for homes where space is at a premium. Its A+++ rated energy efficiency will benefit end-users with low running costs. Viessmann UK’s Managing Director, Graham Russell, said: &l...

Weil-Mclain Launches EcoRebates Rebate Finder Tools For Its Energy-Efficient Hydronic Comfort Heating Equipment

Growing awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and increasing performance standards for heating systems are important drivers in the boiler market. Focused on these trends, Weil-McLain, a provider in hydronic heating systems, recently launched EcoRebates rebate tools on its website. The tools automatically highlight rebate and incentive savings available to homeowners and commercial entities based on their location when they research and view qualified energy-efficient boiler equipment....

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