The goal of LifeWhere™ is help you get peace of mind regarding your home utilities. Assets like your furnace or air conditioner, are critical to both maintain comfort levels within your home and to protect your home from catastrophes such as frozen pipes, mold build up from excessive dampness, flooded basements or water damaged caused by faulty hot water heaters.
Monitoring your assets second by second and analyzing the data to look for signs of equipment wear, alerting you to our findings when we see a problem. We call these a LifeCatch™.
During the summer months, an air conditioner is used to cool the home and to control humidity. Warm air from inside your house is circulated via ductwork over the evaporator, which looks like a coil inside your furnace.
The refrigerant inside the system absorbs the heat from the air, turning the refrigerant from a liquid to a vapor. The vapor is then circulated to the compressor outside, which pressurizes it and circulates it through outdoor coils which sheds the heat. A fan on the outside air conditioner helps dissipate the heat and cool the compressor. An expansion device then converts the vapor back to a liquid which is circulated back into the house and the process repeats.
The LifePulse™ device monitors the critical parameters in this process and pushes the data to the cloud, where advanced analytics are applied on the data, spotting signs of problems and inefficiencies.
LifeWhere™ was monitoring the air conditioner of a home in Pittsburgh. The 12-year-old unit was one of two units that cooled the home.
The home had four LifePulse™ devices: one on each of the furnaces and one on each of the air conditioners.
While monitoring the equipment, the analytics spotted a low refrigerant problem in one of the air conditioners. This can happen when a pinhole leak exists in the refrigerant lines. Running with low refrigerant shortens the life expectancy of the compress (a very expensive part) and causes the unit to run less efficiently; the AC unit takes longer to cool your home and that extra run time costs you money.
A technician was called to the home, verifying that the unit did indeed have a refrigerant issue, and proceeded to refill the unit to proper levels while adding a sealant to help seal the pinhole crack in the line.
After the work was complete, LifeWhere™ sent a report to both the technician and the homeowner showing them that the unit was back to full health.
The homeowner was also notified that by doing the repair the unit ran 44% more efficient, which equated to saving them $24 per month in electricity. The repair not only increased the life expectancy of the unit, it allowed it to cool the home faster which equated to reduced energy consumption.
At LifeWhere™ we have your back. We’re watching your home 24/7 so no matter where you are you can have piece of mind that everything is okay.