Comfort in High-Performance Homes in a Hot-Humid Climate

Stacey Rothgeb, A. Poerschke, R. Beach, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


IBACOS monitored 37 homes during the late summer and early fall of 2014 in a hot and humid climate to better understand indoor comfort conditions. These homes were constructed in the last several years by four home builders that offered a comfort and performance guarantee for the homes. The homes were located in one of four cities: Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas. Temperature and humidity data were collected from the thermostat and each room of the house using small, battery-powered data loggers. To understand system runtime and its impact on comfort, supply air temperature also was measured on a 1-minute interval. Overall, the group of homes only exceeded a room-to-room temperature difference of 6 degrees F for 5% of the time. For 80% of the time, the rooms in each house were within 4 degrees F of each other. Additionally, the impact of system runtime on comfort is discussed. Finally, measurements made at the thermostat were used to better understand the occupant operation of each cooling system's thermostat setpoint. Builders were questioned on their perceived impact of offering a comfort and performance guarantee. Their feedback, which generally indicates a positive perception, has been summarized in the report.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages53
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Work performed by IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-64994

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102016-4762


  • Building America
  • comfort
  • cooling
  • humidity
  • HVAC
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • runtime
  • thermostat


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