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Your BAS system is designed to automatically update and control some parts of your building, including heating, lighting and air flow. When the system is first set up, its calibrated to work efficiently and is optimised for your building’s needs. However over time they different calibrations need to be changed and if you’re in the dark about it then it could end up costing you a lot of money.

1. An increase of complaints from residents/employees

A properly optimised BAS is there to keep each occupied space in your building comfortable. and it will ensure your indoor air is properly filtered through the heating, cooling and ventilation system. When the building optimisation system falls out of calibration, due to overrides or improper maintenance and software settings, your employee and/or residential areas could become too hot or too cold and you may notice that some rooms are stuffy or stagnant. The occupants of your building may even complain of an increase in indoor allergy symptoms. When these things happen, you know it’s time to schedule maintenance for your BAS system.

2. Unexplained Increases in Your Chicago Utility Bills

Since your building automation system controls many components within your Chicago facility, you may notice an increase in your electric and gas usage. This can happen when the zones in your building aren’t optimised for the time of day or the occupancy sensors have malfunctioned or become uncalibrated. This can cause your lights to remain on and your HVAC system to operate when it is not needed. If your energy bills have unexpectedly increased, and there’s not been a change in the weather or another reason for the cost increase, you may need to have your BAS system inspected and upgraded or recalibrate.

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