Energy optimal control of a residential space-conditioning system based on sensible heat transfer modeling

Feng Hong*, Manohar Kulkarni

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nowadays most HVAC systems for residential building in the Unites States use a single-zone, two-position control system which is simple and easy to manage. However, this two-position control system has its disadvantage due to its unsatisfactory thermal comfort and energy inefficiency. This paper presents a proportional control system for the residential building by setting up the dynamic simulation for the building and the control system. The state-space method is used to model the building system and the simulation code is implemented on MATLAB™. Under this model, optimization of the controller is possible and implemented. The thermal comfort and energy efficiency are compared under the different schemes. It has been found that proportional control is advantageous to the two-position control for the thermal comfort while there is not much difference in energy consumption between two control schemes. In this work, the furnace was operated without any minimum run time and under continuous data sampling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Advanced Energy Systems Division (Publication) AES
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 21 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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