How does a BTU meter actually work?

BTU Smart Meters

For many people living in the UAE, a high-quality and reliable meter system is crucial. BTU meters are the ideal option when it comes to providing trusted results and optimum features – but how do they work exactly?

What is a BTU Smart Meter?

BTU meters have been around for many years now, but they are still a mystery to consumers. These intelligent meters measure the emergency content of liquid flow in BTUs (British Thermal Units), which makes them incredibly useful for apartment buildings.

These meters are widely used in the central air-conditioning systems that use chilled water systems. Rather than measuring the entire building as a single entity, they look at the energy consumption within any liquid cooling or heating systems in every individual suite.

What is the BTU Measurement System?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is defined as the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water by one Fahrenheit degree. BTU meters calculate energy consumption by flow rate and temperature difference, using the formula:

When it comes to air conditioning systems,  it measures the thermal energy consumption in the cooling/heating of the building and is also used to measure the performance of the energy-saving system.

How does the BTU meter work?

BTU meters are made of three components: the main unit, the flow meter and temperature probes/sensors. When water passes through the pipeline, the flow meter will measure the instantaneous flow rate according to the Heat Exchange of Thermodynamics principle and send this information to the main unit. Meanwhile, the temperature sensor will measure the temperatures of the return and supply pipe and send the information as well. These calculations measure each suite’s actual thermal consumption. The meter then integrates the cooling or heating consumption and transfers this to the computer.

Why is BTU Measurement System Important?

Did you know that, on average, HVAC systems account for 40% of energy usage in a typical commercial building? Energy costs can start to add up, especially in the United Arab Emirates, so it’s important to invest in a system that can effectively monitor the energy consumption and efficiency of a building’s cooling systems, and improve its efficiency.

Since 2009, Logic Utilities has led the way in developing online billing and collection services, as well as being recognised as one of the leading providers of energy meters in the region today. Contact us today to discover our range of services and find out how we can support you.