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What is Optimal Start/Stop and How Does it Work?

Optimal Start/Stop is used to anticipate the heating or cooling needs of a space by starting equipment early enough to reach setpoint just at the beginning of scheduled occupancy. The Optimal Start/Stop function in CBAS does this by calculating the difference between the actual temperature and the occupied temperature setpoint. Based on a heating or cooling slope, the unit is started early enough to bring the space temperature to the desired level. Continue reading What is Optimal Start/Stop and How Does it Work?


2017 Recap and 2018 Look Ahead

A Look Back at 2017

2017 was another strong year for Computrols. In February, Computrols’ administrative staff moved from the Harvey location to the new facility in Gretna, LA. With the office area still under construction, the team is borrowing space in the manufacturing area for the time being. The 10,000 square foot office space is projected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018. Continue reading 2017 Recap and 2018 Look Ahead


When Did American Companies Stop Putting America First?

Despite a political climate that is pushing towards bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, many Fortune 100 companies continue to do their business elsewhere to avoid higher employee wages and U.S. taxes. While this continues to be the case, U.S.-based manufacturers are forced to compete on, what some would consider, an uneven playing field. Continue reading When Did American Companies Stop Putting America First?


George’s CBAS Tips, November 2017

George HingleAs a part of our services, Computrols offers 24/7 phone support to all of our customers. If you have ever taken advantage of this offering, you have likely spoken to our Technical Support Manager, George Hingle. George has been employed by Computrols for over 15 years and is one of our most knowledgeable team members when it comes to troubleshooting in CBAS. As a means of building on our already robust FAQ page, George shares some common CBAS questions he sees in his “CBAS Tips” section of our newsletter each month. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, November 2017


Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller

16-LX ControllerToday, Computrols announced the release of their latest and most advanced line of HVAC controllers to date. The new LX Controllers are designed to be drop-in replacements to Computrols’ classic X-Line and are 100% backward compatible. Offered in the same point count versions (8, 16, 32, and 64), these controllers introduce the next generation of technology. Besides a complete upgrade in computing power, these controllers provide better security, a flexible USB port, a cross-platform app for commission and checkout, as well as Computrols new WireCheck feature. WireCheck electrically probes all screw terminal connections before initiating control, avoiding costly mistakes during installation. And of course, the LX comes with Computrols’ industry-leading lifetime warranty that its’ clients have come to expect. Continue reading Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller


Building Automation Technology Update: Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors

You may not know this, but Computrols headquarters is frequently used as a testbed by its research and development team. In fact, right now there are about 40 wireless temperature and humidity sensors hanging from the ceiling of our manufacturing facility and office area. (pictured below)

Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors Continue reading Building Automation Technology Update: Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors


What to do when your building automation system becomes “obsolete”


Many building automation manufacturers utilize the approach of product churning and planned obsolescence to force their customer to “upgrade” to their next generation of products every 10 years or so. They go as far as to stop manufacturing and supporting any of their older products. On top of that, their new products are not compatible with legacy products. This is a concept we see in our daily lives in cell phones, Windows operating systems, and even home appliances.

In this case, building managers are forced to do one of two things: 1. Upgrade their entire system, spending tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars or 2. Try to buy the manufacturers legacy controllers on third party sites such as Ebay.

What these building managers do not realize is there is a third option: CALL COMPUTROLS. Computrols has been interfacing to competitors’ systems for over 30 years.

Do you have a legacy building automation system that the manufacturer no longer supports? Computrols’ integration solutions leverage the existing infrastructure while providing a simple-to-operate user interface. More times than not, this enables the operating staff to eliminate large maintenance contracts.

Is your controls manufacturer telling you that you need to upgrade your system? Don’t do it without calling Computrols first. We have countless examples of building managers that were in the same situation who saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through Computrols’ integration solutions.

Once your Computrols integration is in place, your third-party field controllers are bound to fail at some point. Rather than searching for replacements, we’ll replace them with Computrols’ lifetime warranty controllers.

Stop letting the big name building automation providers push you around. Computrols will work with you as a partner, not just a customer. Call 504-529-1413.

Automate Newsletter, September 2016This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Automate, the Computrols newsletter.


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Energy Analysis Solutions

Energy Analysis
Buildings rarely perform as initially intended, resulting in energy use that is higher than anticipated. To resolve this inherent problem, retro-commissioning, performance contracting, and facility IoT analytics have all emerged to capture market share. In practice, energy efficiency in buildings is achieved through the balanced combination of design concepts, applied technologies, and operational strategies. These work together to reduce the consumption of energy. Continue reading Energy Analysis Solutions