There is no doubt that installing sensors to transform a building into a smart space delivers a number of benefits. From accurate environmental data collection and monitoring, to aiding the creation and control of productive, efficient spaces that encourage wellbeing within the space.

Environmental sensors let you monitor conditions in each room or zone within a building. The sensors are vital in communicating real time environmental conditions within a space to allow associated BMS or control devices to automate ventilation, air conditioning and heating based on demand to maintain optimum conditions inside the building as efficiently as possible.

But which are the 5 most vital sensors for smart building solutions?

1 – Gas/air-quality sensors

In simple terms, these sensors measure the quality of air in a building and can be used to detect the presence of certain gases. A good example is our CO2 sensors which are very effective in giving quick notice of extra ventilation being needed in a space.

Sensors like this are key for not only helping to give notice of the build-up of specific gases but are also an early warning of poor air quality, which can lead to tiredness or headaches and poor productivity. Awareness for the need of air quality/CO2 sensors has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic as improved indoor ventilation helps reduce the spread of airborne viruses.

Using our Battery Powered CO2 monitor, the traffic light indication shows the need for more ventilation, which could be achieved through opening windows. For ventilation on demand our 0-10v, wireless or BACnet CO2 sensors can be used to monitor the carbon dioxide levels, an indicator of air quality and relay this back to a Building Management System (BMS).

2 – Temperature sensors

Designed to monitor the ambient building temperature within the proximity of the device, they work by measuring temperature changes and depending on the specific type of sensor used they provide a monitored output which could be resistive, active 0-10V/4-20Ma, wireless or BACnet/Modbus communications.

Temperature readings are vital for providing an indication of the climate conditions within a space, and in turn this data can be used to dictate when there is demand for the ventilation, heating or cooling to be enabled.

3 – Humidity sensors

This type of smart building sensor is often used in conjunction with a temperature sensor, at Titan Product we offer combined Temperature and Humidity Sensors. The major difference from a temperature sensor is that they measure the moisture levels in the air.

This sort of sensor is vital because it keeps the climate in the building comfortable for workers or tenants. By measuring humidity levels, you can ensure that people do not feel cold or do not get dryness in their eyes, nose or throat due to too little humidity.

4 – Motion/occupancy sensors

Motion/occupancy sensors are used in buildings to pick up on motion or presence. They do this by using active detection technology, passive detection tech or a mixture of both.

This sensor is critical for businesses as by determining if a space is occupied indicates if there is a need for control. Heating, ventilation, lighting can all be switched to ECO conditions or off if there is no demand, saving on energy and costs.  

They also enable data around the occupancy of certain areas to be analysed. In turn, this leads to informed decisions being made around workspace efficiency which can lead to further cost savings.

5 – Contact sensors

Also known as status or position sensors, these give an easy way to let you know if a door or window is open or closed. The sensor uses magnetic fields to detect whether the door/window is shut (the magnetic fields are touching) or open (they are not touching).

This type of smart building sensor is handy because it can inform you when doors or windows in a building have been left open, thus improving security. In addition, they can also pick up on broken windows, which might be a sign of a burglary. The data they provide can also help improve energy efficiency in a building.

Smart building sensors from Titan Products

If you want to harness the power of smart building sensors, why not let Titan Products help? Considering the building and install, we offer traditional active sensors, wireless sensors and networkable BACnet/Modbus sensors to give our customers the best possible options when designing your solutions.

Order online with us today or get in touch on 0161 406 6480 for more help.

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