The effect of air conditioners on occupants' thermal adaptive behaviours and wellbeing: Advances and challenges

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To study the impact of air conditioners (AC) on occupants' behaviours and comfort, two comparison surveys were conducted during hot summer weather before and after air conditioners were installed in student dormitories at Chongqing University in 2008 and 2016, respectively. The results showed that after the ACs were installed, occupants' environmental satisfaction vote was notably higher irrespective of whether the equipment was used. The proportion of ACs used (PAU) in 2016 and the proportion of fans used (PFU) in 2008 were logistically fit with the outside temperatures, and these data displayed very similar trends. However, less variety in adaptive behaviours was evident after the ACs were installed. When ACs were used, lower proportions of windows were opened (13%) and higher proportions of occupants felt stuffy (54%), experienced draughts (38%), and reported sick building syndrome (SBS). This study provides scientific insight into the advances and problems caused by the popularization of ACs..




Wu, Y., Yuan, M., Wang, Z., & Li, X. (2019). The effect of air conditioners on occupants’ thermal adaptive behaviours and wellbeing: Advances and challenges. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 80). EDP Sciences.

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