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Evaluate HVAC System Before Upgrading the Energy Management System
March 10, 2008 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Energy management systems have become powerful tools for facility executives. But even the best control system is no better than the equipment it controls. That’s why it’s important to take a hard look at the HVAC and other systems that will be tied in to the energy management system. The energy management system won’t make up for neglected maintenance on the boilers or the chiller. Nor will it make an aging HVAC system perform like a new one.
To ensure that a new energy management system will deliver the anticipated performance, it’s worthwhile to survey the operating condition of every component that will be connected to the new system. Some components may require extensive maintenance. Others may need to be replaced. That work should be budgeted for along with the energy management system upgrade. If those steps aren’t taken, the energy management system could come to be seen as an expensive white elephant.