Analysis of indoor human thermal comfort in Pelotas municipality, extreme southern Brazil

Anderson Spohr Nedel, Marcelo Felix Alonso, Rose Ane Pereira de Freitas, Franciele da Costa Trassante, Henrique Nörnberg da Silva, Emanoela De Bortolli, Marco Antônio Flores de Medeiros, Pedro Curi Hallal, João Carlos Torres Vianna

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Abstract

The indoor human thermal comfort (HTC) was investigated in residences located in the Pelotas City, southern Brazil, by the effective temperature index (ETI). In this study, temperature and relative humidity were measured inside 429 houses, located in different regions of Pelotas city, from January 11 to August 27, 2019. Samples were obtained using HOBO data loggers, indoor sensors, installed in different regions of the municipality, in the context of a cohort study of children between 2 and 4 years old and their respective mothers, led by Epidemiological Research Center of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL). In general, all regions had average hourly values of effective temperature index above the comfort zone in summer and below the comfort zone in the winter. In terms of spatial variability, the indoor HTC was dependent on environmental factors such as lake breeze and indoor behavior factors, such as the use of air conditioning system in the downtown buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-428
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Effective temperature
  • Humid subtropical climate
  • Indoor buildings behavior
  • Southern Brazil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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