Comfortable thermal environment for people sensitive to cold in housing during summer

Hiromasa Tsuzuki, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Yutaka Sato, Mariko Saito

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Abstract

In Japan, many people feel cold when using air conditioning in the summer. In this study, focusing on thermal environment in housing during summer, subjective measurements were carried out experimentally. The results of this study are as follows: (1) intermittent operation of the air conditioner sharply decreases the skin temperatures of the feet and soles for those sensitive to cold; (2) cold air current is comfortable for those not sensitive to cold but uncomfortable for those sensitive to cold; (3) those sensitive to cold experience chilliness in their peripheral feet; and (4) isothermal air flow provided by an electric fan or other similar device can make people feel comfortable, although it leads to a relatively high room temperature. Air current affects the whole body thermal comfort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages730-736
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2014 Jul 72014 Jul 12

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period14/7/714/7/12

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Keywords

  • Methods for AC control
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Skin temperature
  • Subjective experiment
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Computer Science Applications

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Tsuzuki, H., Tanabe, S. I., Sato, Y., & Saito, M. (2014). Comfortable thermal environment for people sensitive to cold in housing during summer. 730-736. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.