Recommended Event Setup: Trending Climate

Conserv recommends for all of our customers to set up a few key events. Here is the template/instructions on how to set up an event to let you know if the temperature or humidity is trending above or below a tighter threshold.

It is incredibly valuable to have real time data when it comes to knowing about issues in your environment as quickly as possible! We believe that all of our customers should set up an event that notifies them when the temperature or humidity is trending a bit higher or lower than usual and here are the instructions on how to do that:

 

1. Setting up this event may require a bit of homework at first to evaluate your spaces and get a sense of the ranges each of your spaces maintain the temperature or humidity. You can do this in your analytics view. For this example, we'll walk you through how to do this for temperature, but we recommend you do this for relative humidity as well.

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Ideally you can look at a year's worth of data or at least consider a season (winter or summer). For this graph on the left you can see that the dates selected are for the winter season, and the temperature is largely staying within the range of 60-70F with some spikes outside of that range on occasion. That might be a good range to start with for this space, and we may event create a trending event that's specific to the season (winter). You also may determine that multiple spaces have similar trends (perhaps they share the same air handling unit, or they're in the same part of the building). It's worth opening up the data for multiple sensors at a time to figure this out. Take note of which sensors have what ranges and if some seem to fall into the same ranges, because it will help you when you define the scope of your event later on!

 

2. Make sure you've set up your notification settings and have entered your phone number if you wish to get SMS alerts. You will have an option of having SMS notifications, email notifications, or both.

 

3. Go to the event setup page: Screen Shot 2024-06-07 at 1.04.01 PM

 

4. Click the purple "New Event" button on the top right of the screen. (NOTE: you must be an admin on the account in order to create new events).

 

5. Name the event something that will indicate a trending alert, something like, "Temperature trending outside of range (Winter)." For the scope of this event, you may want to get specific for certain spaces since we did our little homework at the beginning (you may have multiple spaces on the same trending alert or even the whole building). 

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6. When defining the event choose "Temperature" make the condition "Outside a range," and then select your range. 

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7. Setting up the "Event Trigger" is an important way to control how often we get notified by this particular event. For this type of event notification, we want to get a sense that the temperature is trending outside of its normal range (not a quick fluctuation). This is helpful to know because it could indicate a mechanical issue. So for this instance, we want to have a longer period of time that the temperature is outside of range before we trigger the start of the event (and ultimately a notification). We recommend setting this to at least 2-3 hours so you avoid getting too many notifications and so that you can be certain that the temperature is definitely trending outside of range.

For the end of the event, you may want to give the sensor a bit of time to solidly be back in within range before we officially call that event "over." This is to avoid you getting numerous notifications if the temperature is hovering around the threshold. We recommend creating a duration of at least 1 hour before you consider the event "over." This means that the temperature for the sensor that is triggering the event has to have readings within range for one full hour for the event to be considered over.

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8. The final step is to subscribe and to add additional subscribers to the event. If you want to subscribe someone that doesn't have an account, you can type in an email address and it will prompt the invitee to join Conserv so they can get the notifications. Remind them to check their personal notification settings!

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9. Setting up these events might take a bit of trial and error. If you're getting too many notifications, you may need to create a new event that has a more suitable range and start and end trigger thresholds.

 

10. That's it! You should get a confirmation that you've been subscribed to the event. So long as the event toggle remains on and you are subscribed, you will get the notifications. If you keep the event toggle on and unsubscribe, the software will continue to record events in the "Events" tab.