Measured Air Distribution Effectiveness for Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems

TitleMeasured Air Distribution Effectiveness for Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSherman, Max H, Iain S Walker
JournalASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal
Keywordsair distribution, mechanical ventilation, residential ventilation, ventilation effectiveness

The purpose of ventilation is dilute or remove indoor contaminants that an occupant is exposed to. In a multi-zone environment such as a house, there will be different dilution rates and different source strengths in every zone. Most US homes have central HVAC systems, which tend to mix the air thus the indoor conditions between zones. Different types of ventilation systems will provide different amounts of exposure depending on the effectiveness of their air distribution systems and the location of sources and occupants. This paper will report on field measurements using a unique multi-tracer measurement system that has the capacity to measure not only the flow of outdoor air to each zone, but zone-to-zone transport. The paper will derive seven different metrics for the evaluation of air distribution. Measured data from two homes with different levels of natural infiltration will be used to evaluate these metrics for three different ASHRAE Standard 62.2 compliant ventilation systems. Such information can be used to determine the effectiveness of different systems so that appropriate adjustments can be made in residential ventilation standards such as ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

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