Method and apparatus for positionally dynamic optimized heating/cooling
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-24
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Disclosed is a system for controlling the indoor air temperature in a target area or around a human or animal through the use of three-dimensional imaging in combination with strategically placed air-movement devices. The invention facilitates energy efficiency because it monitors and alters the temperature for small pockets of air, as opposed to expending energy to repeatedly alter the temperature of large spaces.
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Method and apparatus for positionally dynamic optimized heating /cooling
It is common practice to heat or cool an entire building or room to meet the requirements of a smaller area or specific object within that space. A more efficient approach is to use thermal imaging and small, directional fans or other means of air movement to focus air of the desired temperature toward a targeted smaller space or object.
This invention uses three-dimensional (3D) thermal imaging of an occupied space in combination with properly placed fans, blowers, or any applicable means to direct airflow from multiple directions in an effort to concentrate placement of the most appropriate air temperature to a specific area or object within a space. The goal is to reduce the overall heating/cooling requirements by focusing the existing heating/cooling apparatus output and position to a well-defined area.
The invention operates using these steps:
1. The device control uses 3D thermal imaging to determine the overall thermal characteristics of the area.
2. The device control uses one or more properly placed temperature measuring devices to establish a baseline from which to approximate relative temperatures in zones not measure by such devices.
3. Through the device control, the system establishes a certain area or areas within the space (e.g., a corner of the room) or a moveable object (e.g., human, animal) as the focal point of the heating/cooling activities.
4. With both the temperature approximations and the defined areas or objects for which to optimize temperature identified, the control device configures the air movement devices to direct the pockets of air toward them in order to best match the desired temperature of the designated area or object.
Typical embodiments for this invention include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. An area of a room contains multiple computer systems. Th...