Field Measurements of Heating Efficiency of Electric Forced-Air Furnaces in Six Manufactured Homes. Metadata

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  • Main Title Field Measurements of Heating Efficiency of Electric Forced-Air Furnaces in Six Manufactured Homes.


  • Author: Davis, Bob
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Palmiter, Larry S.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Siegel, Jeff
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Ecotope, Inc., Seattle, WA (United States)
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 1994-07-26


  • English


  • Content Description: This report presents the results of field measurements of heating efficiency for six manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest heated with electric forced-air systems. This is the first in a series of regional and national efforts to measure in detail the heating efficiency of manufactured homes. Only six homes were included in this study because of budgetary constraints; therefore this is not a representative sample. These investigations do provide some useful information on the heating efficiency of these homes. Useful comparisons can be drawn between these study homes and site-built heating efficiencies measured with a similar protocol. The protocol used to test these homes is very similar to another Ecotope protocol used in the study conducted in 1992 and 1993 for the Bonneville Power Administration to test the heating efficiency of 24 homes. This protocol combined real-time power measurements of furnace energy usage with energy usage during co-heat periods. Accessory data such as house and duct tightness measurements and tracer gas measurements were used to describe these homes and their heating system efficiency. Ensuring that manufactured housing is constructed in an energy and resource efficient manner is of increasing concern to manufactured home builders and consumers. No comparable work has been done to measure the heating system efficiency of MCS manufactured homes, although some co-heat tests have been performed on manufactured homes heated with natural gas to validate HUD thermal standards. It is expected that later in 1994 more research of this kind will be conducted, and perhaps a less costly and less time-consuming method for testing efficiencies will be develops.
  • Physical Description: 39 pages


  • Keyword: Heating Systems
  • Keyword: Houses
  • Keyword: Electric Furnaces
  • Keyword: Hvac Systems
  • Keyword: Prefabricated Buildings
  • Keyword: Blowers
  • Keyword: R Factors
  • Keyword: Performance Testing
  • Keyword: Electric Heating - Energy Consumption - Measurement
  • STI Subject Categories: 32 Energy Conservation, Consumption, And Utilization
  • Keyword: Ducts
  • Keyword: Thermal Conduction
  • Keyword: Airtightness
  • Keyword: Energy Efficiency
  • Keyword: Buildings
  • Keyword: Energy Models
  • Keyword: Energy Losses Electric Heating - Energy Consumption - Measurement 320100
  • Keyword: Functional Models
  • Keyword: Bonneville Power Administration


  • Other Information: PBD: 26 Jul 1994


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE95004887
  • Report No.: DOE/BP-2458
  • Grant Number: AM79-91BP13330
  • DOI: 10.2172/10110189
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10110189
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1278222


  • Display Note: OSTI; NTIS; GPO Dep.