Meteorological Instruments for Feedback and Control of Building HVAC Systems
Natural Ventilation Monitoring
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) is important in the design of medium to large industrial and office buildings. Conditions can be regulated with respect to temperature and humidity through 'natural ventilation' using outside air without the use of fans or other mechanical systems. Accurate ventilation control requires air flow and other atmospheric condition sensors.
Mechanical or Forced Ventilation Monitoring
"Mechanical" or "forced" ventilation can be used to control indoor air quality. Excess humidity, odours, and contaminants can often be controlled via dilution or replacement with outside air. However, in humid climates much energy is required to remove excess moisture from ventilation air. In this instance outside weather conditions should be measured using an accurate multi-sensor weather station.
Room Air Distribution
Ultrasonic wind sensors are often used in building management systems, providing vital information when access doors dramatically fluctuate indoor air quality and pressure.
Increased Building Safety
In certain high wind speed conditions it may be unsafe for automatic windows and doors to be used. Building management systems often rely on wind sensors to determine when this safety limit has been reached.
Recommended Meterological Sensors for HVAC Systems...
The Gill WindSonic is a low-cost 2-axis ultrasonic anemometer, providing wind speed (0-60m/s) and direction data in a robust housing. This anemometer has no moving parts, offering maintenance-free operation in a wide range of applications.
Max Wind Speed 60m/s (134mph) Construction Luran Heated Option No Operating Temperature -35°C to +70°C Weight 0.5kg (17.7 ounces)
WindMaster is a precision 3D anemometer, offering Sonic Temperature, Speed of Sound and U,V & W vector outputs at 20Hz (32Hz option). WindMaster has an aluminium/carbon fibre construction and will monitor 0-45m/s (0-100mph) wind speed.
Max Wind Speed 0-45m/s Construction Robust Aluminium / Carbon Fibre Casing Wind Direction Range 0-359° Sonic Temperature -40°C to +70°C Weight 1.0kg (35.3 ounces)
MetPak is a compact, multi-sensor weather station. Monitored parameters include: Wind Speed & Direction; Air Temperature; Relative Humidity; Barometric Pressure and Dew Point.
Max Wind Speed 60m/s (135mph) Construction UV stabilised white thermoplastic Operating Temperature -35°C to +70°C Weight 0.6kg (including 10m cable)
MetPak Pro is a professional weather station providing wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, temperature, humidity and dew point measurements, with capability to connect up to four auxiliary sensors and combine all inputs into one serial data output.
Max Wind Speed 60m/s (134mph) Construction UV stabilised white thermoplastic Operating Temperature -35°C to +70°C Weight 1.1kg (including bracket)