Midwest Heat Mechanical Leading Experts in Controls Installation, Service and Repair
At Midwest Heat Mechanical we offer a wide range of building automation controls and integration from your older controls such as Pneumatic Controls that basically use air as a power source that now days are mostly obsolete and not reliable, to a modern day Digital Controllers that use low voltage as a power source and communication that is more accurate and fast reponse. The new controllers can be used to control Air Handling Units, Rooftop Units, Variable Air Volume Boxes, Boilers, Chillers, Cooling towers, Water Pumps, Duct Heaters, Radiant Heat, Snow Melt and Economizers, all that controlled from a single Front End User. The End User can monitor individual temperatures, set points, scheduling and all types of variables in your building or home.
What is DDC Controls?
Direct Digital Controls (DDC) basically is the automatic centralized control of a house or building's
heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and other systems through a
building management system or building automation system (BAS). The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, reduction in energy consumption and operating costs, and improved life cycle of utilities.
Building automation is an example of a
distributed control system – the
computer networking of electronic devices designed to monitor and control the mechanical, security, fire and flood safety, lighting (especially emergency lighting),
HVAC and humidity control and ventilation systems in a building.
BAS core functionality keeps building climate within a specified range. A BAS should reduce building energy and maintenance costs compared to a non-controlled building. Most commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings built after 2000 include a BAS. Many older buildings have been retrofitted with a new BAS, typically financed through energy and insurance savings, and other savings associated with pre-emptive maintenance and fault detection.
Physical connectivity between devices was historically provided by dedicated
optical fiber, ethernet,
RS-485 or a low-bandwidth special purpose
wireless network. Modern systems rely on standards-based multi-protocol heterogeneous networking and these accommodate typically only IP-based networking but can make use of any existing wiring, and also integrate
powerline networking over AC circuits,
power over Ethernet low-power DC circuits, and high-bandwidth wireless networks.
A building controlled by a BAS is often referred to as an intelligent building, "
smart building", or (if a residence) a "
smart home". Commercial and industrial buildings have historically relied on robust proven protocols (like
BACnet) while proprietary protocols (like
X-10) were used in homes.
Home automation is
building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things.
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or "gateway" The
user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet.
Benefits of having DDC Controls on your building or home
The principal benefit of having automation control in your building or home is the advantage of being able to monitor or adjust everything remotely trough the internet without the need to be there physically. Report generating and alarm sent out to your email if something were to happen, and the advantage that most controllers are Stand Alone and they will still be able to operate the assigned equipment normally with its own program even in the event of communication loss. Increased energy efficiency since the controllers monitor specific variables like economizers to introduce cooler fresh air into the space to cool the building instead of mechanical cooling that will just waste energy trying to do the same thing, just to mention a few benefits of it.
Automated control is the modern day new technology for the ever changing HVAC systems in a home or building and requires special training and expertise to be able to diagnose, install or repair any aspect of these devices and you can count on Midwest Heat Mechanical to be your best option and we can guarantee your satisfaction and make your next project ... a success.