Introduction: What is LiDAR?
LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It's a remote sensing technology that uses laser beams to measure distances and create detailed three-dimensional maps of the Earth's surface, structures, or other objects. The technology works by sending out pulses of light and then measuring the time it takes for the light to bounce back after hitting an object. This information is then used to calculate the distance between the LiDAR system and the object, allowing for the creation of highly accurate maps and models.
LiDAR has many applications - whether it be satellites, airplanes, drones, or ground vehicles (e.g., self-driving cars). These uses stem from LiDAR’s ability create extremely accurate and high-resolution data.
Section 1: The Rise of LiDAR
Since 2020, LiDAR has become viable in common, every day devices. Starting with iPhone Pros (generation 12+) and iPad Pros (generations 2+ for 11” and 4+ for 12.9” devices) now have LiDAR sensors embedded in the devices themselves. This has led to only recent development opportunities for every day applications of LiDAR.
But these applications are powerful: on a day-to-day basis, the ability for LiDAR to precisely collect data can make it an incredibly useful tool for mapping and surveying tasks. So how can it transform HVAC?
Section 2: Game-Changing Advantages & Real-world Applications of LiDAR
LiDAR offers a unique opportunity to generate accurate dimension data in record time. In HVAC, there are three key ways teams can leverage LiDAR to drive better, faster, and more accurate service.
LiDAR enables the precise creation of 3D models and 2D floorplans. This creates custom, and anonymized, images of homes to be able to communicate placement and show the tailored work you have completed for that home. Your sales materials stand out - tailored and designed just for that home, building value in the sales process.
LiDAR can go a step further - by capturing the dimensions of windows, walls, and doors, it can create the foundation for a perfect load calculation. Platforms like Conduit Tech’s integrate the data directly for you.
When your sales team hands off a job with LiDAR-created floorplans, your team is well positioned to be able to rapidly direct the right installation. Not only does your team have measurements, to be able to select appropriate items like line sets or conduit, but it has a clear visual of what they will be able to walk into inside that home. Finally, the accurate system sizing that LiDAR can enable ensures that you reduce the likelihood of callbacks.
Not only will your team have designed the right system - reducing the likelihood of un-billable call backs - but your team can service existing equipment using LiDAR. Rapid measurements can not only serve existing jobs well, by gathering dimensions and ensuring the ability to evaluate airflow on a room-by-room level quickly. Service Technicians can easily be prepared to design the right systems, on site.
Ultimately, in all of these cases you can take home measurement from a 2-hour task to under 15 minutes without compromising on accuracy - with plenty of added benefits.
Section 3: Why it Matters
Your team always wants to get the job done right the first time. System design and appropriate commissioning can reduce the likelihood of a labor warranty claim: by right sizing equipment, you can minimize call backs. On top of that, by using the best lidar scanner app- you can make load calculations fast enough to help catalyze your sales - not slow them down.
By preparing your install team with better guidelines, you can ensure that they are supported along the journey - ensuring a smooth install without adding time spent in communicating between teams.
Ultimately, the better done the first time - the better the customer experience. This drives customer retention, referrals and revenue, driving business growth.
LiDAR can revolutionize your business by driving accuracy in mapping out a home - in 3D and 2D, driving accurate load calculations and ensuring your team differentiates itself on site.
Conduit Tech was founded to encompass these features - selling and installing high-efficiency systems quickly and profitability, using leading technology. To learn more about the best lidar app for the HVAC industry, book a demo, and take the next step in revolutionizing your HVAC business with your LiDAR-based solution.