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DDC Outside Air Economizer System | HVAC Control economizer dampersDDC Outside Air Economizer System  - Outside louvers allow the DDC control system to open dampers and introduce fresh air into the building. Building automation system, or the energy management system as it is sometimes called, monitors outside air temperature and humidity and based on a calculation and opens the outside air dampers when this calculation determines a precise set point.

DDC Outside Air Economizer System

Introducing outside air into the building not only makes common sense it is also required by the Mechanical Code in commercial applications. This is required mainly for health reasons as it rids the building of volatile organic compounds and CO2 which is naturally produced by humans. Large concentrations of CO2 can build-up inside the building and needs to be vented as too much CO2 negatively affects human health.

It is, therefore, important that along with the intake of outside air into the building there needs to be an exhaust air damper to maintain good building pressure. Negative pressure inside a building is bad as it causes infiltration moisture issues which leads to mold and mildew. Too much pressure also creates its own problems so it is important, with an outside air damper system, to monitor and maintain building pressure.  add to the efficiency of a good economizer system.

DDC Outside Air Economizer System

The big bonus for a good outside air damper system which works automatically from DDC is that it can reduce the amount of mechanically cooling necessary to cool the building. When the outside air conditions are ideal the building automation system locks out mechanical cooling and opens the outside air dampers introducing cool air to the duct system and channeling it to the zones. This saves money by reducing power consumption from mechanical cooling.

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