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Title: Performance evaluation of a novel bed-based task/ambient conditioning (TAC) system
Authors: Pan, D
Chan, M 
Xia, L
Xu, X
Deng, S 
Keywords: Bed-based
Energy saving
Sleeping environment
Task/ambient conditioning (TAC) system
Thermal comfort
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Energy and buildings, 2012, v. 44, no. 1, p. 54-62 How to cite?
Journal: Energy and buildings 
Abstract: Because of their excellent performance in local thermal environmental control, task/ambient conditioning (TAC) systems have attracted increasingly more research attention. However, the current applications of TAC systems are mainly for daytime activities, but seldom for nighttime. In fact, TAC systems may be best applied to a sleeping environment, since the subjects to be served by a TAC system are immobile during sleep. Therefore, there is a strong need for studying the operational and energy saving performance of TAC systems when applied to sleeping environments. This paper reports on an experimental study on evaluating the operational and energy saving performance of a novel bed-based TAC system. The experimental results and their analysis demonstrated that the use of the novel bed-based TAC system can help achieve energy saving, compared with the use of a full volume air conditioning (FAC) system. Considering the experimental limitations, the energy saving potential of the novel bed-based TAC system if used in an actual bedroom was studied through a theoretical analysis. It demonstrated that the novel bed-based TAC system would help achieve significant energy saving when used in real buildings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/13719
ISSN: 0378-7788
EISSN: 1872-6178
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.10.024
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