E3S Web Conf.
Volume 356, 2022The 16th ROOMVENT Conference (ROOMVENT 2022)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Thermal Comfort and Natural Ventilation|
|Published online||31 August 2022|
On the use of wearable face and neck cooling fans to improve occupant thermal comfort in warm indoor environments
1 School of Building Services Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
2 School of Energy and Safety Engineering, Tianjin Chengjian University, Tianjin 300384, China
3 School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face and neck cooling has been found effective in improving thermal comfort during exercise in the heat despite the fact that the surface area of human face and neck regions accounts for only 5.5% of the entire body. Presently very little documented research has been conducted to investigate cooling the face and neck only to improve indoor thermal comfort. In this study, 16 subjects (8 males and 8 females) used two highly energy efficient wearable face and neck cooling fans to improve occupant thermal comfort in two warm indoor conditions (30 and 32 °C). Results showed that both cooling fans could significantly reduce local skin temperatures at the forehead, face and neck regions. Local thermal sensation votes at the face and neck and the overall thermal sensation votes decreased obviously at 30°C and 32°C. Both cooling fans could raise the acceptable HVAC temperature setpoint to 32.0 °C, which will significantly reduce the energy consumption of HVAC.
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