Accession Number : ADA192684

Title :   Reduction of Energy Consumption for Air Conditioning While Maintaining Acceptable Human Comfort.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Meister, Donald J

PDF Url : ADA192684

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This project demonstrates that energy consumption for air conditioning can be reduced while still maintaining acceptable comfort for building occupants. The primary purpose of air conditioning is to provide a comfortable environment. However, in an era where energy cost and availability are key concerns, the goal is to provide maximum comfort at minimum cost. Information is provided on the key factors that affect comfort and a method to quantify the level of discomfort. Results of computer simulations show that the 78 degree thermostat setpoint used for air conditioning is too conservative and wastes energy. Energy consumption can be reduced by as much as 20%, depending on the climate of the location, while maintaining an acceptable thermal environment.

Descriptors :   *AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, CLIMATE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COSTS, ENERGY, ENERGY CONSUMPTION, ENVIRONMENTS, HEAT, REDUCTION, WASTES, ROOM TEMPERATURE, PHYSIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Subject Categories : Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE