The military has employed the use of them. Amazon and UPS are striving to use them for deliveries. They’ve been used for aerial views of construction sites, wildlife monitoring and even to predict the dangers of damaging weather. So, why are drones becoming a necessity for technicians in the HVAC industry?
1. They improve workplace safety and can save lives. The technology of drones allows inspections of areas that would usually require special equipment due to the danger it imposes for the technician. Typically, the inspection of massive boilers would require an HVAC company to build aerial work platforms and utilize scaffolding or lifts. With drones eliminating these needs, technicians can easily inspect and monitor equipment from a distance.
2. They reduce maintenance costs and save time. With the elimination of additional equipment for a technician, reduced labor costs are immediate. With the use of drones, an HVAC company can cut inspection time in half and get your equipment back up and running sooner than you expected. This makes drone technology mutually beneficial for your service provider and your wallet.
3. They survey large areas at one time. Surveying for an enterprise-level client would usually require a massive team, on foot, to obtain all the data they need. Drones can monitor and collect data for large compounds, factories, and rooftops in a matter of hours. Those multiple heating and cooling units that were once cumbersome to inspect, now become a breeze from an aerial surveillance perspective.
4. They collect critical equipment data. With the use of internet access in these remote areas, drones can collect mission critical data and upload it to the cloud. This means faster results for your facility, in-depth feedback on your equipment, and less troubleshooting.
5. They can deliver parts to the jobsite. Assisting an onsite technician working can require plenty of team coordination and communication. This can make delivering special equipment and parts very difficult, especially if that technician is in a hard to reach area. Some companies have even started using them to deliver equipment directly to a business with minor repairs. The use of drones to deliver parts onsite adds efficiency to the job and gets your equipment back up and running in less time.
With the number of drones used commercially expected to increase to 600,000 by June 2018, you can expect direct savings in your HVAC costs. No need to fear the eye in the sky, as this rapid expansion means benefits for all.