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HVAC Thermal Comfort - Concepts & Fundamentals

A. Bhatia, B.E.

Thermal comfort is a condition of mind that expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment. Comfort is a broad ranging concept that is influenced by temperature, humidity, air speed, ventilation rate, glare, solar radiation, lighting level, external weather conditions, colors, odors, noise levels, relationship with other occupants, job satisfaction, mood, health and social conditioning. One of the most important factors in achieving acceptable thermal comfort is a competent HVAC system, designed for appropriate climatic loads, together with fine control. Designing for comfort requires integrated knowledge of human physiology, heat transfer, psychrometrics, and mechanical systems.

This course will provide you a basic understanding of HVAC concepts and ideas that set a baseline for comfort HVAC applications.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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