Komfort IQ was founded to solve a fundamental problem: buildings account for around 40% of all energy usage, and HVAC is by far the largest component of that.
But because a single thermostat controls the airflow to an entire zone, the entire building is heated and cooled as if all rooms are occupied, wasting a third of the building’s energy.
And inevitably, half the rooms are too hot and half are too cold, and occupants resort to space heaters, fans, and sweaters in the middle of summer.
By building an affordable room-by-room control of the HVAC system, we knew we could save money and save energy, and help the environment while making ourselves more comfortable, too.
The idea was simple, but building the product wasn’t. Dumb infrared-based occupancy sensors don’t work well enough and can break the HVAC system. So we had to invent our own occupancy detectors, combining infrared with light, sound, CO2, and Bluetooth sensing to accurately determine whether someone is in the room.
But that wasn’t good enough. We needed to know not only if the room was occupied, but how soon someone was likely to return.
So we created a machine learning engine to differentiate the rooms empty for an hour during lunch or a meeting from the office of the sales manager who only comes into the office once a week.
And then we had to make it inexpensive to manufacture and install to ensure a quick payback, and absolutely bulletproof to guarantee it works without fail. Now the MicroZone system is ready to save you energy and money.