Performance of Integrated Hydronic Heating Systems.
A variety of system configurations are used in North America to meet the heating and domestic hot water needs of single-family homes. This includes, for example: warm air furnaces with electric water heaters; boilers with integrated hot water coils; and boilers with 'indirect' hot water storage tanks. Integrated hydronic systems which provide both heat and hot water are more popular only in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. For those making decisions about configurations of these integrated hydronic systems, including control options, little information is available concerning the annual energy cost implications of these decisions. This report presents results of a project to use a direct load emulation approach to measure the performance of hydronic systems, develop performance curves, and to provide decision tools to consumers. This is a laboratory measurement system involving direct energy input and output measurements under different load patterns. These results are then used to develop performance correlations for specific systems that can be used to predict energy use in specific applications. A wide range of system types have been tested under this project including conventional boilers with 'tankless' internal coils for domestic hot water production, boilers with indirect external storage tanks, tank type water heaters whichmore »
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R&D Project: 87793; 600301020; TRN: US200809%%448
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- Technical Report
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- Brookhaven National Laboratory
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- United States
- 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ENERGY ACCOUNTING; ENERGY LOSSES; HEATING SYSTEMS; HOT WATER; PERFORMANCE; SPACE HEATING; WATER HEATERS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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