Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users

Mio Fukuta, Kanae Matsui, Minako Ito, Hiroaki Nishi

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Abstract

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control is used to effectively reduce energy consumption in a home energy management system (HEMS). For the HVAC control, it is necessary to evaluate the indoor comfort level because the HVAC operation is significantly related to indoor environmental conditions. Although there are some indices for indoor comfort, individuals have different comfort ranges. A questionnaire is one way to gather data on individual comfort ranges. However, it requires contributions from users. Therefore, we proposed a new survey method that varied the intervals of the questions addressed to users to reduce the number of responses needed. Additionally, a comfort estimation method was proposed that did not require a questionnaire. This method analyzes the user's operation of the HVAC system, such as touching its on/off switch. An HEMS with the capability of utilizing these two methods was installed in a laboratory and 16 houses in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. An experiment using this HEMS was conducted, and it was able to reduce the number of feedbacks needed to maintain each person's comfort by an average of 32.2%. The HEMS provided the same accuracy as hourly questionnaires. Namely, it confirmed that the estimation based on the air conditioner operations was almost the same as that based on an hourly questionnaire.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages658-663
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479966493
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 28
Event13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 2015 Jul 222015 Jul 24

Other

Other13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period15/7/2215/7/24

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Keywords

  • Home energy management system
  • HVAC control
  • Indoor comfort estimation
  • Questionnaire use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Fukuta, M., Matsui, K., Ito, M., & Nishi, H. (2015). Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users. In Proceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015 (pp. 658-663). [7281813] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281813

Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users. / Fukuta, Mio; Matsui, Kanae; Ito, Minako; Nishi, Hiroaki.

Proceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. p. 658-663 7281813.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fukuta, M, Matsui, K, Ito, M & Nishi, H 2015, Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users. in Proceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015., 7281813, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 658-663, 13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 15/7/22. https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281813
Fukuta M, Matsui K, Ito M, Nishi H. Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users. In Proceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. p. 658-663. 7281813 https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281813
Fukuta, Mio ; Matsui, Kanae ; Ito, Minako ; Nishi, Hiroaki. / Proposal for home energy management system to survey individual thermal comfort range for HVAC control with little contribution from users. Proceeding - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. pp. 658-663
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