Building Automation Systems (BAS) are centralized, interlinked, networks of hardware and software, which monitor and process control the environment in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. While managing various building systems, the process control system ensures the operational performance of the facility as well as the comfort and safety of building occupants. Most of the automation is behind the scenes as hardware devices mounted to equipment or hidden underfloor or in the ceiling. Some personalized control can be made available through thermostat-like devices.
From a central management perspective, the BAS resides as software on a computer workstation or is available as a web page allowing communication from virtually anywhere in the world. Direct Digital Control (DDC) describes the communication method used in modern devices (hardware/software). Collectively, DDC products control various building systems and form the automation system.
Generally, building automation begins with control of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. For instance, the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is almost always controlled, including control of its various pieces of equipment such as:
- Air Handling Units (AHUs)
- Roof-top Units (RTUs)
- Fan Coil Units (FCUs)
- Heat Pump Units (HPUs)
- Variable Air Volume Boxes (VAVs)
- Leak Detection Systems
- Power Monitoring
- Fire Systems
- Plumbing & Water Monitoring
Professional Heating & Cooling of Va has a dedicated controls division with factory certified technicians. As control specialists, PHCVA offers a number of different types of control systems including:
- Alerton Direct Digital Controls
- Tridium Direct Digital Controls
- Computer Based Specialty Refrigeration Controls
- Electronic, PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers)
- Pneumatic and Pneumatic Conversions to DDC
- See Our Building Automation Products for More Details
Call PHCVA today at 757-855-7410 to see how we can help save energy dollars on your facility’s heating and cooling energy bills with DDC and a Planned Maintenance Agreement.