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Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2016, Page: 121-128
Usage Patterns of Air Conditioning System for Typical Types of Occupants and Their Interactive Features in Residential Buildings – A Case Study in Hangzhou, China
Minyan Lu, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
Shuqin Chen, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Fei Fang, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Hong Zhang, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Xiyong Zhang, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Yangyang Pan, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Peltonen Janne, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
Received: Jun. 11, 2016;       Published: Jun. 12, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20160503.15      View  4630      Downloads  110
Abstract
The usage pattern related to air conditioning (AC) can significantly influence the energy consumption of residential buildings in HSCW zone. A survey, consisting of the general information about the household and building characteristics, occupant behavior of controlling AC and occupants’ reactions to others’ requirements, has been carried out in Hangzhou in order to develop the database of AC usage patterns in this district, analyze the characteristics of AC usage of typical types of occupants (including children and teenagers, youth, middle age and elder) and their interactive features. The survey results indicate that in contrast to the children and teenagers, the elders prefer a relatively high outdoor temperature to start using AC, as well as the setting temperature. Meanwhile, the majority of them use the AC for a shorter time compared to other three types of occupants. At the same time, youth and middle-aged people would like to use AC for a long time and maintain a medium temperature and. Besides, these four typical occupants have a similar attitude on the operating of AC when there is someone else in the same space. Over 75% of respondents take others’ feeling into consideration and share their opinions with their family members regarding turning on/off the AC and the setting temperature, which may change the operation patterns of AC.
Keywords
Usage Patterns of Air Conditioning System, Typical Types of Occupants, Interactive Features, China
To cite this article
Minyan Lu, Shuqin Chen, Fei Fang, Hong Zhang, Xiyong Zhang, Yangyang Pan, Peltonen Janne, Usage Patterns of Air Conditioning System for Typical Types of Occupants and Their Interactive Features in Residential Buildings – A Case Study in Hangzhou, China, International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2016, pp. 121-128. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20160503.15
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