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Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has introduced a new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) wireless control interface through its business relationship with Telkonet, Inc., a manufacturer of intelligent room automation solutions, including hotel guest room thermostats and controls.
Trane ProSpace VRF solutions are widely used in multi-zone buildings, like hotels, because they help keep energy costs low while allowing guests to adjust the temperature of their individual rooms for their comfort. The new Trane ProSpace VRF wireless control interface creates an open communication platform that allows Trane VRF systems to integrate with a hotel’s room thermostats and building-level control system.
“Optimizing energy efficiency is a priority for both hotel owners and facility managers. Thanks to the collaboration between Trane and Telkonet, hotel owners don’t have to choose between their preferred HVAC and thermostat providers,” Jerad Adams, Trane product manager, said. “The control interface gives customers the flexibility to pair a reliable, energy efficient VRF system from Trane with the thermostat specified in the hotel’s brand guidelines.”
The ProSpace VRF wireless control communicates information about the VRF’s mode, fan speed, zone temperature, set point and error codes through the hotel’s building automation system. This gives the facility manager access to data to help make informed maintenance and operational decisions that can increase energy savings.
Hotel occupancy levels vary day to day; therefore, it can be challenging and time-consuming to monitor and adjust thermostat settings and energy demands in vacant rooms. The ProSpace VRF wireless control is equipped with motion and infrared sensors that automatically turn the VRF system on and off when guests enter and leave the room, which saves the facility manager time and further improves the hotel’s energy efficiency.
“As an industry leader in innovation and intelligent automation, Telkonet is proud of the opportunity to pair our EcoSmart™ energy management platform with the ProSpace VRF solution through our Telkonet Control Interface developed specifically for Trane,” Jason Tienor, Telkonet CEO, said. “This collaboration provides the industry with an exceptional solution demonstrating increased comfort, expanded savings and improved control for hospitality owners.”
Learn more at trane.com/prospace.