When Maine resident Matt Scott purchased his dream home in November 2015, he knew the home’s traditional HVAC system would be a problem. After facing a chilly winter with the fossil fuel-burning HVAC system, Scott was eager to try out new technology for his cooling and heating needs.
Scott’s home served as a beta test for hyper-heating technology supported by Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US’s distributed smart controls platform that includes the kumo cloud® app and kumo station®, a four-channel equipment controller that enables intelligent control of third-party equipment.
In describing the technology, Rodney Olson, senior director of controls and engineering at Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., took care to explain that kumo cloud is not a centralized control system. “It’s actually distributed control that’s done by Wireless Interfaces communicating to Wireless Interfaces without dependence upon the internet. The Wireless Interfaces are what make the decisions.”
In each room of Scott’s home, Wireless Interfaces receive information from indoor Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensors as well as an outside air temperature sensor outside of the home. These Wireless Interfaces communicate with each other and collectively calculate the most efficient and cost-effective heating source to use. In addition to sensor data, the calculations are based on variables including the efficiency of the heat pump, the efficiency of the fossil fuel system, the cost of electricity and the cost of fossil fuel.
Since installing kumo station and using kumo cloud to manage his family’s HVAC system, Scott has seen first-hand the benefits of distributed smart controls for efficiency.
“One of the coolest parts about this system is that it does [the management] on its own. You set the settings and it knows. It does the work for you. You don’t have to worry, say, when you’re out of town about what the temperatures are outside. It just adjusts on its own.”
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