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BMS Systems for Care Homes

How They Can Help

What Are Building Management Systems?

BMS, or building management systems, are procedures built into commercial properties or public buildings designed to maintain and report on the building’s essential functions, such as lighting, heating, ventilation lighting, and security.

The systems are computer-based and are generally automatic, allowing business owners to get on with the day-to-day, but enable detailed reporting on several important factors.

What Benefits Do Building Management Systems Give To Commercial Premises?

Building management systems are designed to collect and analyse data from various building systems; this data can then be used to optimize building performance, reduce energy consumption, and improve the overall comfort and safety of the building’s occupants.

BMS can also generate reports and alerts and can be used to compare data between different buildings or against target data. Additionally, some BMS include analytical capabilities which can predict when equipment failures are likely to occur.

Other benefits include:

  • Data extraction
  • Full reporting, including highlighting errors, early on
  • Improved productivity
  • Energy efficiency and emission reduction
  • Enhanced safety measures
  • Resource and equipment management
  • Reduced costs
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How Are Building Management Systems Important To Care Homes?

As with all commercial properties, not just care homes, these systems are an essential part of certifying that the business performs at its best and safely so.

In the case of a care home, the owners have a huge responsibility to guarantee that the residents are kept safe and secure every day, having a system that reports accurately on a multitude of important factors is crucial.

In care homes especially, risk assessments to minimise issues such as legionnaires disease are especially important.

Care homes are monitored in person 24-7, but for the manager or maintenance staff who might be sporadically in residence, it might be important for them to be able to remote check the system during periods away from the building.

Remote monitoring gives a company peace of mind and acts as an indispensable network of equipment, designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

How Can Building Management Systems Assist With Controlling Heating, Water Temperature And Ventilation?


Heating is a key an important topic in care homes, especially where the residents may be of a senior age and will need to have the heating at an elevated level for optimum comfort. As well as heating, a refined water system that meets the needs of each of the care homes is essential for residents.

The effectiveness of a BMS depends on both the quality and quantity of data it receives from sensors, as well as how that data is processed and used by the system.

For example, if a BMS is equipped with sensors that measure external temperature, humidity, and weather conditions, it can use that information to determine the appropriate level of heating or cooling required for the building.

This can help to improve energy efficiency and ensure that the building’s occupants are comfortable. Additionally, if a BMS is programmed to take into account factors such as the time of day and the number of people in the building, it can optimize heating and cooling operations to reduce energy consumption and costs.


It is essential to ensure sufficient ventilation in commercial buildings, mainly to bring in fresh air from outside and remove indoor air, which may contain pollutants and impurities.  Additionally, any system that helps reduce the spread of viruses, especially in care homes, where the residents may be more vulnerable, is crucial.

Many buildings have a mixture of natural and mechanical ventilation, but a BMS could decrease the risks associated with poor ventilation, as well as improve health in general and promote a better sleep pattern.

Mechanical ventilation systems use fans to move air into and out of a building. In smaller spaces, such as a single room, the fans may be located within the room itself. However, in larger buildings, a network of ducts and fans is typically used to move air throughout the building.

These systems can be used to bring fresh outdoor air into the building to improve indoor air quality, or to extract stale indoor air to reduce the build-up of pollutants and moisture.

Mechanical ventilation systems can be used in conjunction with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to control the temperature, humidity, and air quality in the building.

Read our recent case studies to see why we are the experts for business management systems for care homes. Contact our friendly team or call us at 01202 745189.