Now developers can use ColorTouch’s built-in API (in firmware updates 3.08 and newer) to create applications that will allow the thermostat to be controlled by third-party applications, including home automation companies....More
The security of building-automation systems is a hot topic in our industry. Security professionals are analyzing and discussing the pitfalls presented by “hackers.” Here are six steps to help you foil them....More
The Web Comfort wirelessly communicating thermostat system has expanded to control occupancy sensors, lighting, fans and plug loads. The system can also be used with a meter to monitor and track energy use for a specific area, load type or building. The new Web Comfort Manager comes out-of-the-box with the software necessary to control all major areas of energy consumption in a building. This plug-and-play system is easy-to-install and communicates wirelessly via a secure mesh network....More
Davis Energy Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Synapse Electronique have joined the ClimateTalk Alliance, a non-profit organization building a universal language for innovative, cost-effective solutions that optimize performance, efficiency and home comfort....More
Troubleshooting residential pneumatic zoning systems is usually a simple matter of using the process of elimination. As with most things we encounter in our work, problems with pneumatic zoning systems can be electrical or mechanical, or can be related to the air pressure and vacuum that is used to open and close the system’s dampers....More
Engineered Controls Inc. has continued to expand their Honeywell business by targeting expansion opportunities and building on their customer relationships and knowledge of building integration....More
Back in 1995, when I wrote the article "Building Controls: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," for Contracting Business Magazine, I made some predictions. One of those predictions was that the Nintendo generation would slowly assume a role in the end user's HVAC chair....More
The focus of magazines like Contracting Business is successful contractors. Yet, success eludes many, if not most contractors. They struggle. And there is a pattern to their struggles. Here are 9 mistakes struggling contractors make.
11. They Pay For Time...More
It costs $1 to keep a customer, $7 to get a new one. Attend this webinar and learn how you can you keep more of the business you have, improve close ratios and manage your business more effectively and efficiently....More
Contractors have three hot buttons when it comes to installing fans:
Where can I save money?
Where can I save time?
How can I reduce problems after the equipment has been installed?
There is nothing worse than hearing “you are short on air because you installed it wrong”.