So maybe your office building isn’t the greatest. It’s been around for at least 20 years, and it’s starting to show its age. There’s a perpetually-leaky ceiling tile. The pipes make a rattling noise (or, is it something living in the pipes?). Your employees come into work huddled under blankets until the afternoon, when they switch to portable fans.
If this is the case, you probably have a Class C building. If you’re preoccupied with the day-to-day building maintenance and repairs of an aging building, a smart building upgrade may sound like overkill. But Class C buildings actually have the most to gain by becoming smart.
Smart building benefits
For starters, smart upgrades can significantly extend the life of existing, aging HVAC equipment – which means you can defer costly upgrades for years to come. Smart building controls can also significantly reduce day-to-day operating expenses, which means you can start saving money to put towards that leaky roof instead.
If you have an older building, an upgrade may sound daunting. However, installing smart controls is actually a quick and non-invasive retrofit. It's an even easier upgrade than getting a new coat of paint. Even old, out-of-date HVAC equipment can be equipped with modern, smart sensors – including rooftop units, boilers, and heat pumps.
Where to start
Our recommendation for a Class C building would be to start simple. The easiest smart building solution would be 75F®Outside Air Optimization™ , also known as OAO. This is a rooftop unit retrofit that makes your existing unit work more efficiently. Installation is quick and wireless. The best part is that Outside Air Optimization can save you up to 40% of your utility costs, which means the payback is typically only one-to-three years!
The utility cost savings comes from the use of fresh, outside air to provide free cooling. OAO optimizes outside damper positions by sensing CO2 levels in the system. When levels are too high, and the outside temperature is right, outside air is brought in. Not only does this save you money, it also keeps employees comfortable and the air quality high. An old building doesn't have to mean a stuffy building. Click here to see how it works!
Bells & whistles for every building
With a smart HVAC system like OAO, facility managers and employees can view and control everything from their phones. Even if you manage multiple buildings, everything can be seen via a mobile web and app suite. You can track, schedule and monitor hundreds of buildings with a single click. Click here to watch the 75F Facilisight® video!
Suddenly Class C isn't looking too shabby.Interested in how 75F's automated building control solutions can increase your commercial property value and cut your operating expenses? Download the Smart Buildings Boost Portfolio Value eBook to learn more!