Effect of Gender, Age, Air-Conditioning and Thermal Experience on the Perceptions of Inhaled Air

  • Yuxin WuEmail author
  • Hong Liu
  • Baizhan Li
  • Yong Cheng
  • Deyu Kong
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 818)


The comfort range of inhaled air temperature is meaningful to the design of air conditioning parameters at breathing zone. In summer, eight college students and eight middle-aged people were recruited to conduct a thermal comfort study in the natural and air-conditioning environment respectively. The subjects were exposed to different inhaled air temperatures from 18 °C to 34 °C at an interval of 2 °C. The study found that the perceived air quality and thermal pleasure of warm inhaled air is better in the surrounding of natural environment than that of air-conditioning environment. The neutral temperature of inhaled air is 28 °C and 26 °C, respectively. The thermal sensation vote has no significant difference between middle-aged and young people, while the thermal pleasure, air freshness and perceived air quality of middle-aged people are better than that of the young people. When the temperature of the inhaled air is 2 °C higher than the ambient temperature, the SBS symptoms are significantly increased. Therefore, the comfort range of temperature of heated air in winter is worth to be further studied.


Breathing zone Inhaled air Thermal environment Thermal comfort Air quality 



This study was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFC0702700), the Graduate Scientific Research and Innovation Foundation of Chongqing, China (No. CYB18000), and the 111 Project (Grant No. B13041).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuxin Wu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hong Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Baizhan Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yong Cheng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Deyu Kong
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Joint International Research Laboratory of Green Buildings and Built Environments (Ministry of Education)Chongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.National Centre for International Research of Low-Carbon and Green Buildings (Ministry of Science and Technology)Chongqing UniversityChongqingChina

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