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Optimizing Complex Residential HVAC Systems

November/December 2012
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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October 31, 2012
With today’s escalating energy costs, the residential construction industry is seeing the advantage of automated building controls as a means to help its customers save energy. Home builders, home performance contractors, and HVAC technicians are becoming increasingly adept at including numerous energy sources, such as solar thermal and solar PV, in their residential HVAC designs. The challenge with these controls is to maximize the function of each individual system within the overall HVAC/mechanical design, and to ensure that all systems work in concert with one another. A number of control systems have recently been developed to meet this challenge. The most effective control systems “understand” the sophisticated nature of today’s hybrid residential HVAC designs, and fully leverage the capabilities of each component to work in an efficient, effective manner—while delivering as much comfort as possible for the homeowner.

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