Keeping up with technology is an essential part of running a disaster restoration business. Companies that fall behind the times may be left in the dust by those who are using the latest and greatest gear to deliver optimal results for their clients.
These days, it’s the technology built into traditional pieces of equipment that deserves a closer look. Dehumidifiers are a great example. Every disaster restoration contractor is familiar with the important role a dehumidifier can play on a job site, but some units may lack new and valuable functions that could make work more efficient and effective, such as Bluetooth connectivity.
In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of having Bluetooth connectivity in your dehumidification equipment, and how to maximize those advantages for your business.
Why Bluetooth? Four Key Selling Points
Let’s get right to the obvious question: what is gained by including Bluetooth in a dehumidifier? On the surface, a dehumidifier seems like a relatively low-tech piece of equipment that doesn’t need to be integrated into the web of connected devices. However, like any other form of technology, dehumidifiers have evolved to meet the demands of today’s contractors, creating greater opportunities to ensure projects are properly executed.
Dehumidifiers with Bluetooth can provide some meaningful advantages.
Every restoration contractor knows how much time can be spent moving around to collect data from each individual unit. Recording this data is a necessary step in the restoration project, but that doesn’t make it any less of a hassle. Bluetooth connectivity can eliminate this chore by automatically delivering the necessary information to a central location.
Even if your team is being careful to record data accurately, there is always the potential for a mistake when numbers are written down on the job site and then recorded elsewhere later. You won’t have to worry about anything getting lost in translation with a Bluetooth setup since the data will automatically be sent to your devices. You can trust that the information is accurate, which will help you make confident decisions.
Less windshield time.
When working multiple job sites at the same time, you can rack up a lot of miles going back and forth between two or more places to check on equipment, record data, etc. Bluetooth connectivity won’t eliminate all those trips, of course, but it can help to cut back on how much you and your team drive around. Reducing the mileage logged by your team will bring down gas expenses and labor hours, boosting the profitability of each job.
Simplified equipment tracking.
For large contractors, keeping track of the location of each piece of equipment can be a major challenge. Given the significant cost of quality drying gear, it’s important to monitor the location of all your pieces so each of them comes back from the job site when the work is completed. Bluetooth makes it much easier to check on the position of each unit during a project. Instead of wondering how many units are currently running at a job site, you can again use your mobile device to immediately retrieve that data. If some of the units have been turned off due to a power outage or even tampering, you’ll know immediately.
It’s easy to see how the convenience of having Bluetooth included in your dehumidifiers would go a long way toward making life easier. You’ll have immediate access to all relevant data points for the drying process no matter where you are, which is a big step up from needing to physically check in on every unit.
How to Upgrade Your Current Dehumidifiers
For companies using Dri-Eaz equipment, Command Hub can be added to existing units to enable Bluetooth connectivity. The information from the Command Hub is collected in Dri-Eaz’s Command Center app, making it easy to view all of your vital data in a single place. The Command Hub can be added to all of the current dehumidifiers in the Dri-Eaz i-Series line.
If you purchase Phoenix equipment, like the DryMAX XL LGR Dehumidifier, you will use their DryLINK app to manage those units. For your older dehumidifiers, you can add a DryTAG or DryTAG RH from Phoenix to each unit to track performance. Even if you can’t access the same level of detail through the tags as you get from the units with Bluetooth built-in, you’ll still be left with an entire collection of equipment that can communicate with a central system. Over time, those old pieces will gradually move out of service, and you can continue to fill up your equipment collection with units that have native Bluetooth capability.
A Strong Business Case
When picking models from top brand names like Dri-Eaz and Phoenix, you’ll find that Bluetooth is available throughout the product lineup. The improved efficiency of your daily operations is where this technology really starts to pay off from a business perspective. You may find that you can handle certain jobs with a smaller crew since the data collection process has been automated. And, even if you maintain the same size crew, those employees may be able to handle more jobs at the same time.
There are other incidental savings that you may discover along the way, as well. For example, you might spend less on fuel when your team doesn’t have to drive around from site to site so often. By tracking the location of all your units with Bluetooth, you can make sure they all come back after a job, eliminating the occasional replacement cost when one goes missing.
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