As highly insulated and airtight houses have built popularly, the problem which indoor air becomes lowhumidity in winter, is paid attention. The problem is caused by rise of heating level and increase ofventilation amount by mechanical ventilating equipments, etc.1)Then, to clarify the actual condition of indoor low humidity in winter, we monitored the actual humidityenvironment in 29 occupied houses in the Tohoku region and Niigata, Japan, from 2001 to 2006. As theresult, it is found that the indoor low humidity in winter is a common problem regardless of the housecondition. And low humidity prevention strategy is necessary for most of the houses in winter.2)Then, to estimate the quantitative effects of various low humidity prevention strategies, we performedexperiments both in the laboratory scale house and the occupied houses. As the result, wequantitatively estimated the humidity rise due to each low humidity prevention strategies such as Totalheat exchanger, Foliage plant, Drying laundry, Humidifier, Opening bathtub, and Humidity controllingmaterial.
EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON EFFECT OF LOW HUMIDITY PREVENTION STRATEGY IN WINTER IN HIGHLY INSULATED AND AIRTIGHT HOUSE
The 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings IAQVEC 2007, Oct. 28 - 31 2007, Sendai, Japan