As we come to the end of 2017 you’re probably looking back on the year’s successes, challenges and new opportunities. If you haven’t gotten it yet, there’s one more opportunity waiting for you – Building Automation. It doesn’t sound like it, but getting Building Automation might just be the greatest gift you can give your company. Building Automation Services (or BAS) is made up of your office building’s separate systems: HVAC, security and access control, CCTV, internet, lighting, etc. What Building Automation Services does is it makes it easy for you to integrate all of those separate systems into one centralized system – and it allows you to monitor and control everything in one place. Let’s break down exactly how this can benefit you and your company:
Make systems more efficient
Building Automation allows you to automatically adjust the controls, thermostats and switches of your building’s HVAC units, lighting, security, and so on. Having to do this all manually takes up employee time and opens you up to the risk of human error. Leaving lights on, doors open, and air conditioning units running can cost you thousands of dollars every month. You can save up to 40% on energy costs by automating your HVAC and lighting systems, with estimates showing that returns on investment can be achieved in just over a year.
Lower operating costs
Maintenance costs are a major factor in running any business. Without Building Automation, you need people on hand to do manual checks of all your systems regularly. You can get ahead of the game by getting your systems to tell you when something is about to go wrong. You’ll save money by having repairmen or maintenance personnel deal with problems with surgical precision, instead of needing them to go over entire systems.
A system is only as secure as the people who are allowed access to it. Building Automation allows you to do away with the human element – only those explicitly allowed in secure areas will be let inside, and aside from that, in case of any breaches in any area, you can be alerted to the situation no matter where you are. Building Automation can even be set to automatically contact the police or fire department in the event of break-ins or fires, reducing response times when they are the most critical factor to saving your business.
Better employee morale
Taking away the busywork of turning on and off lights, locking doors and controlling the temperature means you and your workers are free to focus on the business. Keeping your employees comfortable and safe is one of the best ways to keep them happy; thereby improving productivity and employee retention. This can have massive effects on your bottom line both in the short and long term. Building Automation makes it so that all these effects can be controlled and managed.
Better value for your company
If you ever end up selling your building (most likely because you’re moving to a bigger and better location), Building Automation can make a huge difference in the value of your property. Building Automation Services can increase your property value by up to $8 per square foot. For even a small-to-medium sized building, this can mean a difference of $80,000 to $120,000. That’s nothing to be sneezed at!
It’s not too late to get the benefits of Building Automation this year. Get in touch with Level One HVAC and we can assist you with design specifications, installation and maintenance for your Building Automation Services. You can reach us at (248) 486-6500 to schedule an appointment or just to find out what services we can offer you. If you’re too busy for that, we can still accommodate you: just fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.