How the Internet of Things (IoT) Impacts Commercial/Industrial HVAC Systems

March 21, 2024 by Timberline

The term Internet of Things (IoT) was coined in 1999 by a computer scientist at Procter & Gamble. It describes systems of connected devices—as distinct from what you might say is the Internet of Places (i.e., the traditional internet), meaning the system of connected computer locations worldwide.

So, the IoT isn’t new. However, companies today are increasingly leveraging it for benefits like:

  • Increased efficiency and productivity. IoT devices can automate tasks and collect data for use in process optimization, leading to significant savings in time and money. For example, factories can use IoT sensors to monitor equipment and predict maintenance needs, preventing costly downtime.
  • Greater convenience. IoT devices can make our lives more convenient. For example, smart thermostats can learn the preferences of a company’s workers and adjust the temperature automatically.
  • Improved decision-making. The data collected by IoT devices can provide valuable insights that businesses can use to make better decisions. For instance, retailers can use IoT sensors to track customer behavior in stores and optimize product ordering and placement.
  • New business opportunities. IoT is creating business opportunities by enabling the development of innovative products and services. For example, companies are producing connected vehicles that can provide drivers with real-time traffic updates and other information.
  • More effective remote monitoring. IoT devices allow us to monitor and manage things remotely. For instance, agriculture businesses can use IoT sensors to monitor soil moisture levels and irrigation systems remotely.

technician holding laptop and checking equipment

The last item in that list is arguably the most important to the HVAC industry. Systems that people previously could only interact with in person can now be controlled and monitored from anywhere with an internet connection if set up for remote communications….