Personal heating: is it comfortable and can it save energy?
van Oeffelen, L.
van Zundert, K.
A pilot study with ten test subjects has been carried out towards the user satisfaction of personalized heating. The heating system consists of four heating panels integrated in office furniture. The tests have been performed in a climate chamber at three room temperature levels: 18, 20 and 22°C. The test subjects could control the temperature of the heating panels. During the experiments objective measurements have been taken such as skin temperatures, energy use of the heating panels, air temperature and air speed. Thermal comfort of the test subjects has been evaluated using a questionnaire. The measurements indicate that it is possible to reduce the room temperature to 20°C while thermal comfort is maintained. Calculations with a building model showed that lowering the room temperature to 20°C can lead to an energy saving of 27% on heating energy. In offices with a low and varying occupancy rate the energy saving can be even higher.
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Buildings and Infrastructure
Building Engineering & Civil Engineering
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12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 5-10 June 2011, Austin, TX, USA, 3017-3022