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BOILER INSPECTION BY DRONE

 

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called “drones,” are coming into their own in facility maintenance. Facility managers employ drones to inspect areas difficult or dangerous to monitor, including HVAC systems. No longer the exclusive domain of hobbyists and the military-intelligence community, drones are poised to revolutionize the way America does business.

Consider drones also being deployed to inspect difficult and dangerous areas like rooftops for HVAC maintenance. Using a drone to survey a rooftop allows you to fully understand a maintenance or cleaning need before sending a technician up, drastically reducing his time spent in a dangerous situation. Even with scaffolding and safety harnesses, he’s taking on risk. A drone, however, takes virtually no risk. You might lose the drone, but drones are comparatively inexpensive and prices keep dropping.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called “drones,” are coming into their own in facility maintenance. Facility managers employ drones to inspect areas difficult or dangerous to monitor, including HVAC systems. No longer the exclusive domain of hobbyists and the military-intelligence community, drones are poised to revolutionize the way America does business. Consider drones also being deployed to inspect difficult and dangerous areas like rooftops for HVAC maintenance. Using a drone to survey a rooftop allows you to fully understand a maintenance or cleaning need before sending a technician up, drastically reducing his time spent in a dangerous situation. Even with scaffolding and safety harnesses, he’s taking on risk. A drone, however, takes virtually no risk. You might lose the drone, but drones are comparatively inexpensive and prices keep dropping. Check out this UAV Boiler Inspection by a drone. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

 

DR0NES DELIVERING PARTS RIGHT TO YOUR JOBSITE 

Well it could happen sooner than you think. Stromquist & Company’s, Seãn Johnson, shows us how he sees HVAC Controls distributors using Drones to improve customer service

 

How drones keep HVAC systems in check

A drone with the right camera and software can limit the need for scaffolding, scissor lifts and extra workers, making inspections more affordable. Frequent fly-by inspections will mean problems such as debris in an intake vent can be discovered before they become a drain on the energy efficiency of the building. Breaches in the integrity of the building envelope could be detected early, saving building operators thousands.

In areas where high winds can knock branches onto rooftop HVAC units, drones can be used in post-storm surveys of all the buildings in an affected area. Smaller drones with powerful lights can be used to inspect ducts and other indoor material. In large plants with miles of duct work, the savings would be substantial.

Drones are an excellent way to gather thermal imaging. HVAC professionals already use thermal imaging to detect leaks and other sources of energy loss in a building. With a drone, you can combine the interior infrared imaging with exterior infrared images for a 360-degree view of what is happening with the HVAC system. Images can be patched together into a 3D model of the building, showing the exact site of inefficiencies.