Control Freak: Don’t let too much Temperature Control Interfere with Efficiency
Too Much Control? Part 2
Last month’s column introduced the concept of giving “too much control” to the building operators through the BAS graphic. I used a simple and fairly obvious example of an air handler with dual temperature set points. This month, I want to share another equally real-life example that is much more subtle.
On a VAV air-handling system, the BAS graphics included the following parameters, all of which were easily adjustable through the user interface:
- For the central AHU
- Unoccupied setup temperature set point; and
- Unoccupied setback temperature set point.
- For each VAV zone
- Occupied cooling temperature set point;
- Occupied heating temperature set point;
- Unoccupied setup temperature offset set point; and
- Unoccupied setback temperature offset set point.