business, the energy used to air-condition the workspace is only part
of the air-conditioning cost, the other part being the comfort and
efficiency of the workforce, ie the cost of using the energy badly.
help with this, Kyle Electronic Design Ltd in Glasgow have launched
the eco-wand ComfoMeter system which allows building managers to
micro-manage their energy usage whilst considering the comfort of the
workforce. The ComfoMeter low-cost USB peripheral plugs into any
handy PC to measure the local temperature and humidity. The eco-wand
display application relates this to the comfort of the workforce
taking into account the level of clothing being worn by the staff and
the airflow in the room.
has a number of different functions including Comfort Zone Display,
Ideal Thermostat Setting, Dew Point Meter, Max/Min Pointers, High/Low
Alarms, Chart Display and Data Logging. All this from a memory stick
like device costing just £29.99 + VAT added to your own PC.
have designed the system to be easily used by management and staff
alike” said Dr Alex Gardiner, MD of Kyle Electronic Design Ltd. “It
can quickly sort out numerous comfort and energy usage problems in
offices, showing managers where the energy is going and showing staff
what is ideal”.
Comfort (your Comfort Zone) is effected by the room temperature,
humidity, what you are wearing and the airflow across your body. Each
of there has to be considered when advising on comfort with economy.
using the PC to store the measured values, you can see how thing
change during the day and can check the timer settings. The
effectiveness of the building insulation can also be checked by
analysing how the temperatures change overnight when the
air-conditioning is off.
eco-wand ComfoMeter is a cost effective way of investigating building
performance and educating management and staff in energy saving and
working in comfort.