Temple K.A.
Bibliographic info:
Ashrae 2005 Winter meeting, technical and symposium papers, Orlando, February 2005

The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the field performance of room air distribution in two rooms of a high performance home (low heating and cooling load). The two rooms had similar exterior exposures but had different supply register locations (high sidewall and floor). The impact of normal equipment cycling on the room air distribution perfomance was also investigated. The performance was evaluated based on room air temperature measurements and the requirements of Ashrae standard 55.
A conclusion of that study , based on stratification and temperature cycling performance, is that high sidewall supply with a nonspreading register at an interior wall is effective for both heating and cooling operation in a cold climate.
Another conclusion is that floor supply with a spreading register at an exterior wall provides marginal heating operation in a high-performance home, as indicated by higher vertical temperature stratification and unacceptable temperature cycling.
All the conclusions are limited to the conditions of the room air distribution methods studied and are worthy of further investigation.
Additional research is recommended to investigate the effect of supply air temperature, register throw, alternate equipment control, and outlet location on room air distribution performance in residential applications.