Are you looking for a cost-effective way to save money on day-to-day operations? Are your commercial tenants constantly complaining about the office space being too hot or too cold?  Do you want your company to leave a greener footprint? If so, then a Building Automation System (BAS) is the ideal solution.

What Is a BAS?

A BAS can help you regulate and automate many operational aspects of your business, like lighting, equipment monitoring or multi-zone HVAC systems. Modern BASs are simple to use and allow you to control key operational systems remotely.

Installing a BAS can give you complete control over the following systems:

  • HVAC
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Security
  • Emergency

As a business owner or manager, having a mechanical contractor or commercial HVAC expert implement a BAS offers you several major benefits.

1. Reduced Operating Costs

A sophisticated BAS provides multiple money-saving avenues for you to navigate. First, you can expect a significant reduction in your utility costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a BAS can reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent—though this is dependent on the equipment age and condition. (Older equipment that is not as efficient will naturally reduce savings.)

By automating your system’s performance, you’re also saving money on maintenance and equipment costs. A BAS can help regulate equipment usage, which prevents any unnecessary wear and tear. In addition, a BAS will notify you of a repairable problem before a machine fails completely.

2. Total Emergency Monitoring

As a business owner, a professionally installed BAS shows that you put the safety of your employees first.

By combining a BAS with third-party contracts and support, you can automate and monitor your security and emergency reporting systems in one place. This means that you can monitor the safety of your business and employees around the clock. For example, a BAS can alert you if an intruder or unauthorized individual breaches an access point. (Again, these security and emergency monitoring features require combining your BAS with third-party contracts and support.)

A quick BAS notification during an emergency can limit the amount of damage that occurs. In the event of a fire, the BAS can notify you and local authorities as soon as the smoke alarms start sounding. Similarly, for damaging plumbing emergencies like a burst pipe, the BAS can send an alert so you don’t walk into a flooded office the next day.

3. Improved Occupant Comfort

Having an efficient BAS ensures that your employees and tenants have a comfortable working environment. It can be a challenge to heat and cool large spaces properly, but a BAS can regulate multiple zones at once. Optimizing and automating the HVAC performance can improve employee comfort and productivity.

4. Energy Savings

With a BAS, you’re committing your business to a greener environment. Since your systems will be optimized for energy efficiency, you greatly improve your chances at achieving an EPA Energy Star or LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Are You Thinking About Installing a BAS?

With a growing list of benefits, a BAS can greatly improve monetary and operational facets of your business. If you’re in the Wichita area, CTS can help you design, install and implement the perfect BAS for your needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.