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Office air conditioning

In my office building, the air conditioning needs to be smarter, as it is always colder than it needs to be, probably so that people can wear a suit and not be too hot (which is wasteful and unnecessary). Our office is on the south side of a storey, the bathrooms and fire stairways are on a side that is adjacent to a neighbouring tower (which is good design as this side is shaded), another office is on the east side (which is also shaded by an adjacent tower), and another office is on the north side. Naturally, the north side gets more heat from the sun.

I have asked the building manager to increase the temperature setpoint, and it may be warmer for a while, but then it will get colder again.

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2 thoughts on “Office air conditioning

  1. easier said than done. in “community” a perfect room temperature is considered the holy grail of climate control, and one of the rarest things in the world.

    appliances more often get dumber when they get smarter. i used to frequent a library that had no locally controlled thermostats. it was run by remote by the town. if the place became unbearable there was nothing they could or would do about it. people just suffered. it was expensive (but paid for itself im sure, in its communist-gulag-like efficiency) and sophisticated! but boy was it ever *stupid.*

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    1. Yes, a library is harder to control as it’s usually one open plan space. If there is zoning, then it becomes easier to control the zones. The main issue that I have is not so much getting an optimal temperature (which is difficult as every person might prefer a different temperature or be able to tolerate different temperature ranges for different periods of time, or some people might be more active causing them to be hotter, or people wear different clothing that can affect how cool or hot they feel, etc.) but not overcooling when it is hotter than ‘comfortable’ outside so that it feels cold inside, or overheating when it is colder than comfortable outside so that it feels hot inside. Doing this wastes energy, and increasing the temperature setpoint at which cooling stops and decreasing the temperature setpoint at which heating stops can help to prevent this, as well as zoning and designing a building with the climate.

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