Variability in Measured Space Temperatures in 60 Homes

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report discusses the observed variability in indoor space temperature in a set of 60 homes located in Florida, New York, Oregon, and Washington. Temperature data were collected at 15-minute intervals for an entire year, including living room, master bedroom, and outdoor air temperature (Arena, et. al). The data were examined to establish the average living room temperature for the set ofhomes for the heating and cooling seasons, the variability of living room temperature depending on climate, and the variability of indoor space temperature within the homes. The accuracy of software-based energy analysis depends on the accuracy of input values. Thermostat set point is one of the most influential inputs for building energy simulation. Several industry standards exist thatrecommend differing default thermostat settings for heating and cooling seasons. These standards were compared to the values calculated for this analysis. The data examined for this report show that there is a definite difference between the climates and that the data do not agree well with any particular standard.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages70
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-58059


  • Building America
  • indoor space temperature
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • residential
  • residential buildings


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