All about HVAC

We thought we would mark the hottest day of the year (in the South East of England where, fittingly, our UK HQ is located), by creating a blog about HVAC.

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and is a part of many modern buildings. In commercial buildings such as offices, restaurants, shops and schools, they provide a level of comfort to occupants during hot or humid weather, by cooling and dehumidifying the air. Some systems also provide heating as well as cooling, and can be used in the winter.

There are a large number of brands and systems on the market, with different features. One such feature is “heat exchange”, a method of heating air and using less energy.

The way in which HVAC systems are controlled varies. Some provide hand-held controls, and others provide in-wall control-panels. One of the existing benefits of using HDL is that you can control the HVAC from the same switch that controls the lights. This means that there is one-less switch on the wall, and your interior remains clutter-free.

From a user-perspective, control is simple and elegant. From a technical perspective, there are three different options for control of HVAC, and they are: Infrared, HVAC Module, or Coolmaster Integration.

Infrared is a simple form of control and allows the simplest AC units (non bus versions) to be operated from the wall-switch.

The HVAC module is for HVAC engineers who want to control fancoil systems directly using 0-10 and relay outputs (for qualified engineers only).

The Coolmaster product is manufactured by Coolautomation, and using the ready-made HDL driver you can control up to 64 AC units on a Daikin, Sanyo, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, LG, Fujitsu or Hitachi VRV/VRF system.

Once your system is up and running, control your HVAC locally or remotely, on timers or occupancy sensor activation. Smart-buildings have never been so complete.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact us for further information.


Why are HDL smart homes becoming increasingly popular?

An increasing number of new residential buildings are now being designed with home automation features as standard, increasing the popularity, awareness and appreciation of such technology. Retrofitting, which allows the integration of current systems with smart-technology is also on the increase. The design stage is the vital time that architects and interior designers come in and design with their client to create a perfect home.

The demand for home automation has risen with the evolution of the smart phone. The latest technology is used to enable full control of your home, remotely and has become as easy as sending a text.

Designing a smart home has become favoured as clients want a feature home that oozes class, style, and modern technology. HDL is keen to explore the creative minds of the clients and to work in collaboration with industry experts and installers to allow the creation of fantastic smart buildings.

Smart home technology is economic, energy efficient and affordable.  Controlling the home remotely, saving energy and the convenience of integrating multimedia devices has become the modern way to live and is popular among newly weds, business professionals and techie fans, as well as first time buyers, the elderly, children and busy people.  HDL Smart home systems can be programmed to work around any lifestyle.

Also HDL home systems can beprogrammed to set scenes and create moods within your home inspiring different atmospheres for different moods. For example, you can create a function called “cinema” and the home will respond by drawing the curtains, dimming the lights and turning on the TV.  Other functions include a “relax” function and with one touch of a button, selected lights will light, dim others and play soft music while LEDs softly change colour on a feature fireplace. All scenes are completely adaptable and custom programmed to suit the client’s needs.

Appliances can also be included in the HDL smart home system and be monitored from an app while you are at work or through a mobile phone. This feature is particularly handy if you have a forgetful client who is worried about hair straighteners or the rice cooker! With technology such as this, HDL will ensure complete peace of mind. Monitor a wide range of aspects, from which lights are on, the current temperature, live footage from security cameras and all other programmed aspects of smart home technology.