Performance evaluation of a novel bed-based task/ambient conditioning (TAC) system

Dongmei Pan, Ming Yin Jonathan Chan, Liang Xia, Xiangguo Xu, Shiming Deng

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Bed-based
  • Energy saving
  • Sleeping environment
  • Task/ambient conditioning (TAC) system
  • Thermal comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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