Motion Sensors Coming to HVAC

For many years, one of the most common solutions for saving energy has been to “turn out the lights and dial down the thermostat.” It’s a given that unoccupied space is one of the biggest energy drains in a building. Yet occupants continue to heat and cool rooms even when there are prolonged vacancies — perhaps hours or days. Now that is energy waste.

One of the technologies that has popped up in recent years is the motion (occupancy) sensor — room sensors that automatically detect the presence of an occupant and adjust lighting or comfort conditions while the room is in use. This technology is designed to save energy costs beyond the traditional options of turning off lights and dialing down a thermostat.

But can this technology find a place in the HVAC contracting world? Very likely, if it hasn’t already.

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Article By: John Hall

Updated: February 8, 2011 — 10:40 am

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