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Title:Case Studies in Electrical Heating
Author(s):Brotherson, Donald E.
Electrical heating
Abstract:In order to more accurately estimate the seasonal heating costs in homes proposed for electrical resistance heating, the University of illinois Small Homes Council-Building Research Council, under a cooperative agreement with the Commonwealth Edison Company, studied the heat requirements of ten electrically heated houses, located in northern illinois, during the heating season of 1960-1961. An attempt was made to establish a relationship between stimated and actual heat requirements and to evaluate the general effectiveness of the heating system. The houses studied ranged in size from 1, 025 square feet to 1, 877 square feet. Four are of multi-level design and six are of s ingle-floor d0sign. Seven had full basements, one a partial basement, and two were built over crawl spaces. Four were heated with baseboard units and six with ceiling cable. The comfort data collected indicates that temperatures in these houses were controlled within acceptable limits. The temperature gradient from ceiling to floor was not significantly different between the ceiling cable and baseboard installations. The average temperature selected by the occupants of ceiling cable houses was generally lower than in those equipped with baseboard units. The humidity levels in the test houses were within acceptable limits during the field studies.
Issue Date:1962
Publisher:Small Homes Council - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Research Report 61-1
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Commonwealth Edison Company
Rights Information:Copyright 1962 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-23

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