Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22289
Title: A study on the thermal comfort in sleeping environments in the subtropics - developing a thermal comfort model for sleeping environments
Authors: Lin, Z
Deng, S 
Keywords: Thermal comfort
Sleeping thermal environment
Model
Comfort chart
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Building and environment, 2008, v. 43, no. 1, p. 70-81 How to cite?
Journal: Building and environment 
Abstract: In the subtropics, air conditioning serves to maintain an appropriate indoor thermal environment not only in workplaces during daytime, but also at night for sleeping in bedrooms in residences or guestrooms in hotels. However, current practices in air conditioning, as well as the thermal comfort theories on which these practices are based, are primarily concerned with situations in which people are awake in workplaces at daytime. Therefore, these may not be directly applicable to air conditioning for sleeping environments. This paper, reports on a theoretical study on a thermal comfort model in sleeping environments. A comfort equation applicable to sleeping thermal environments was derived by introducing appropriate modifications to Fanger's comfort model. Comfort charts which were established by solving the comfort equation, and can be used for determining thermally neutral environmental conditions under a given bedding system have been developed. A related paper reports on an experimental study on measuring the total thermal insulation values of a wide range of bedding systems commonly used in the subtropics, which are an essential input to the comfort equation developed and reported in this paper.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22289
ISSN: 0360-1323
EISSN: 1873-684X
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.11.026
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