Source: Greentech Grid
A doctor can tell if you’re sick by taking your temperature.
EcoFactor is concocting software that can do the same for your house.
The startup — which has invented a home energy management system that gets sold through utilities and communications carriers — has obtained a patent for calculating the thermal mass of a building. Software derived from the patent crunches historical weather data, data on how much you use your heater and air conditioner, and other factors to diagnose your home and pinpoint any problems.
In a test case in Fort Worth, Texas, for instance, a consumer had purchased an ultra-high efficiency air conditioning system but was still experiencing extraordinarily high bills. The software helped find the problem: crushed ducts and a dryer duct that was venting into the home’s air handler.
“He was losing money every time he turned on the air conditioner,” said co-founder and senior vice president of products Scott Hublou.
In another house, the software detected a clogged furnace filter that boosted HVAC consumption by 8 percent to 9 percent.