These days, most of us are surrounded by wireless technology. Although wireless technology has been around since the late 1800’s and was first used in a radio, and later television, context – we now associate the technology mostly with the ICT world, specifically computing and communications devices like PCs, printers, and cell phones.
However, there has also been a lot of interesting research and development work done in the last few years relating to using wireless technology to make home and commercial heating and cooling systems more efficient.
One very interesting project was the Tibucon Research Project. This project was funded by the European Union and investigated the use of self-powered wireless sensors to make HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems more efficient.
Read a summary of the project at phys.org.
Although this was largely an academic project for research purposes and the measures taken may not yet be practical or cost effective in a real world scenario, it does illustrate what is possible with heating and cooling, given a little innovative thinking and the right technology.
It is very possible that self-powered wireless sensors could become a standard feature of all heating and cooling systems within the next few years. Using wireless technology in this type of application will make future systems more energy efficient, cheaper to run, and easier to install as they dramatically reduce the amount of wiring needed.