Smart Zoning for HVAC Systems
“Can we solve the problem of temperature discrepancy in buildings?”
When we think of buildings, many of us assume that the temperature inside will be completely uniform in nature. However, more often there is significant temperature variation from room to room. Making this worse, most HVAC systems only base their setpoints on one of these rooms, causing improper heating and discomfort in the rest of the building. So how can we solve this problem using our engineering mindset? Well, what if we were to use multiple smart thermostats to divide the building into multiple zones, each with their own setpoints? This is the fundamental idea behind smart zoning for HVAC systems, a nascent but intriguing technology which has the promise to vastly improve the ergonomic, economic, and ecological capacity of everyday heating and cooling.