House Owners’ Interests and Actions in Relation to Indoor Temperature, Air Quality and Energy Consumption

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In order to make better and more realistic predictions of energy consumption in dwellings, more knowledge about how individuals and households control the indoor environment is needed. A questionnaire survey was conducted with the objective to study the interest and actions taken in relation to indoor temperature, air quality and energy use by Danish house owners living in single-family detached dwellings with district heating. The house owners express that they are interested in and concerned about the indoor temperature and air quality and that it is an important element in caring for each other in the family. Actions are taken in relation to the temperature in the way that house owners are trying to keep different temperatures in different heated rooms, e.g. to sleep cool or to save heat. Besides they wear warmer clothing, slippers or thick socks during the winter indoors compared to the rest of the year. Actions are taken in relation to improve the air quality by the majority of the house owners by opening windows. The most frequent reasons for opening windows once or several times a day was “to get fresh air” and “in relation to showering”. House owners are interested in saving energy for the sake of the environment and for their own economy, and quite many households indicate that they know their own energy consumption though only few follows it closely. Thus being concerned about energy is not necessarily related to interest in detailed feedback on consumption. Results show that well planned communication about feedback possibilities is important. Women and men answer slightly different to some of the questions, e.g. women are more active in airing, and they wear warmer clothing, whereas men are more active when it comes to following their energy consumption.
TitelCLIMA 2016 - Proceedings of 12th REHVA World Congress: volume 6
RedaktørerPer Kvols Heiselberg
Antal sider10
ForlagDepartment of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
Publikationsdatomaj 2016
ArtikelnummerPaper #665
ISBN (Elektronisk)87-91606-31-4 (vol. 6), 87-91606-36-5 (set)
StatusUdgivet - maj 2016
BegivenhedCLIMA 2016 - 12th REHVA World Congress - Aalborg Congress & Culture Centre (AKKC), Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 22 maj 201625 maj 2016
Konferencens nummer: 12


KonferenceCLIMA 2016 - 12th REHVA World Congress
LokationAalborg Congress & Culture Centre (AKKC)

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  • Airing
  • Heat consumption
  • Indoor temperature
  • Questionnaire survey
  • Ventilation

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