What We’ve Built

Venthalpy, IoT Hardware Development & IOS Mobile App

Client

Daryll Zalesak, has been working in the HVAC service industry for many years at his family ran business in College Station, Texas

He realized there was so much inefficiency in how the technicians work in the field and wanted to create a solution. He realized the potential of having an IoT product which would consist of custom-made probes that would work with an app on a smart phone or tablet.

That’s when he created his own company to grow his family business and called it Venthalpy.

Challenge

Daryll originally approached us to design the custom probes electronics and hardware that would work with the app he was having developed elsewhere.

After much frustration, we convinced Daryll of the value of having all the development under one roof to make the overall IoT Product Development more seamless.

The app needed to not only gather data from the probes wirelessly and display it in a meaningful and pleasant way, but also be able to handle the management of the client’s information and produce reports for the company and the customer so they could make informed decisions about their air conditioning systems. We decided to focus on the iOS Mobile App Development first and then complete the Android Mobile App Development later.

Solution

By taking advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Technology, we were able to develop probes with rechargeable batteries the size of coin cell batteries that can last several days of continuous use without recharging. This technology allows for products that can fit in your hand and theoretically last years on a single charge. This is the power of IoT Products

We designed two separate, completely custom, types of probes to work with the phone app via Bluetooth Low Energy Technology, in order to maximize the battery life and the communication range. The Air Probes are packed with sensors measuring air temperature, humidity, quality, and pressure within air ducts which is relayed to the phone app. Whereas the Fluid Probes wrap around the piping of large commercial air conditioning units to measure the fluid temperature inside the pipes.

After finishing the IoT Hardware Development, we connected the probes to the iOS mobile app. we improved several features, including the optimization of the user interface to be not only pleasing to the eye but to make it easy to use by helping guide the user to know which inputs are needed depending on the type of unit that is being analyzed and type of analysis that will be ran. The app is able to calculate an insane amount of vitals for any air conditioning unit that pushes air through the system. This app can calculate the heating and cooling efficiency of the unit, air flowrates in real-time, diagnostics, ductwork leakage, and the actual R-Value of a home.

The Result

This project is going to be revolutionary in the HVAC service industry, by not only combining functions of several existing instruments that exists today into one but have functions never seen in in HVAC service industry.

This extremely powerful app ties all this data collected from the probes and converts it into terms that the technician and customer is able to make an informed financial decision about whether it’s really worth updating their home with a new air conditioning unit or new insulation.

This product is able to calculate how efficient any type of unit is running and grade its performance as well. As well as help diagnose what could be wrong with any type of air conditioning unit. Saving the technician and the customer time and money. It can calculate the flow rate of the air flowing through the vents and determine if there is any leakage, which was a non-existent feature in the HVAC instrument world until now. As well as calculating how well insulated your house actually is in real time.

Lastly, is this product can convert this information to display how much money they are spending now and how much could be saved over a 15 year period of they updated their home. A pdf report is generated which captures the information in a beautiful report format.

For each probe there is a version of the report with lots of technical information that can be send to the service office and a simpler version can be sent to the customer for their records.

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