A bed-based TAC system applied to sleeping environments has been developed and its performances experimentally and numerically studied, and the study results are reported in this paper. Firstly, a detailed description of an experimental rig for the bed-based TAC system at two settings is presented with a return air inlet on the wall (Setting 1) and with a return air plenum and inlet placed under the bed (Setting 2). Secondly, the experimental results on the operating performances of the bed-based TAC system at the two settings in terms of thermal environmental control and energy saving are analyzed and reported. Thirdly, to supplement the experimental study for a more detailed analysis on air temperature and flow fields, a follow-up numerical study was carried out and is reported. Both the experimental and numerical study results suggested that the bed-based TAC system at Setting 2 performed better in controlling thermal environment in an occupied zone but with a relatively poorer energy saving performance, as compared to that at Setting 1.
- Energy saving
- Sleeping environments
- Task/ambient air conditioning (TAC) system
- Thermal comfort
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering