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Title: Residential Dehumidification Systems Research for Hot-Humid Climates: September 1, 2001 -- December 30, 2003

Abstract

Twenty homes were tested and monitored in the hot-humid climate of Houston, Texas, U.S.A., to evaluate the humidity control performance and operating cost of six different integrated dehumidification and ventilation systems that could be applied by production homebuilders. Temperature and relative humidity were monitored at four living-space locations and in the conditioned attic where the space-conditioning equipment and air-distribution ducts were located. Equipment operational time was monitored for heating, cooling, dehumidification, and ventilation. Results showed that energy efficiency measures, combined with controlled mechanical ventilation, change the sensible and latent cooling load fractions such that dehumidification separate from the cooling system is required to maintain indoor relative humidity below 60% throughout the year. The system providing the best overall value, including humidity control, first cost, and operating cost, involved a standard dehumidifier located in a hall closet with a louvered door and central-fan-integrated supply ventilation with fan cycling.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
15014830
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR-550-36643
ADC-1-34069-00; TRN: US200508%%274
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Feb 2005; Related Information: Work performed by Building Science Corporation, Westford, Massachusetts
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ATTICS; AVAILABILITY; BLOWERS; CLIMATES; COOLING LOAD; COOLING SYSTEMS; DEHUMIDIFIERS; DUCTS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; HEATING; HUMIDITY; HUMIDITY CONTROL; OPERATING COST; VENTILATION; VENTILATION SYSTEMS; BUILDING AMERICA; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY; ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES; RESIDENTIAL DEHUMIDIFICATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH; HOT-HUMID CLIMATES; HOUSE TESTING; TEXAS; MECHANICAL VENTILATION; BUILDINGS; HOT-HUMID CLIMATE; MOISTURE CONTROL

Citation Formats

Rudd, A F, Lstiburek, J W, Eng, P, and Ueno, K. Residential Dehumidification Systems Research for Hot-Humid Climates: September 1, 2001 -- December 30, 2003. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/15014830.
Rudd, A F, Lstiburek, J W, Eng, P, & Ueno, K. Residential Dehumidification Systems Research for Hot-Humid Climates: September 1, 2001 -- December 30, 2003. United States. doi:10.2172/15014830.
Rudd, A F, Lstiburek, J W, Eng, P, and Ueno, K. Tue . "Residential Dehumidification Systems Research for Hot-Humid Climates: September 1, 2001 -- December 30, 2003". United States. doi:10.2172/15014830. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/15014830.
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title = {Residential Dehumidification Systems Research for Hot-Humid Climates: September 1, 2001 -- December 30, 2003},
author = {Rudd, A F and Lstiburek, J W and Eng, P and Ueno, K},
abstractNote = {Twenty homes were tested and monitored in the hot-humid climate of Houston, Texas, U.S.A., to evaluate the humidity control performance and operating cost of six different integrated dehumidification and ventilation systems that could be applied by production homebuilders. Temperature and relative humidity were monitored at four living-space locations and in the conditioned attic where the space-conditioning equipment and air-distribution ducts were located. Equipment operational time was monitored for heating, cooling, dehumidification, and ventilation. Results showed that energy efficiency measures, combined with controlled mechanical ventilation, change the sensible and latent cooling load fractions such that dehumidification separate from the cooling system is required to maintain indoor relative humidity below 60% throughout the year. The system providing the best overall value, including humidity control, first cost, and operating cost, involved a standard dehumidifier located in a hall closet with a louvered door and central-fan-integrated supply ventilation with fan cycling.},
doi = {10.2172/15014830},
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place = {United States},
year = {2005},
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