Date:24 May, 2022
Why are air-conditioned buildings in hot and humid climates so cold that one gets reminded of carrying a jacket when going to office? Would raising the set point temperatures in these buildings do the trick? What are the engineering challenges that necessitate a relook at the way air-conditioned buildings in such climates are designed?
This talk will review some of the fundamental issues of cooling and dehumidification facing the HVAC designer and the inevitable and inherent design of an oversized system and its undesirable consequences in terms of an overcooled indoor environment. It will provide an understanding of the psychrometric challenges involved in cooling and dehumidification at peak and part loads in hot and humid climates. Possible solutions to creating a more thermally comfortable and healthy indoor environment that can also save energy will be discussed.