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System and method for pre-cooling of buildings

United States Patent

August 9, 2011
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A method for nighttime pre-cooling of a building comprising inputting one or more user settings, lowering the indoor temperature reading of the building during nighttime by operating an outside air ventilation system followed, if necessary, by a vapor compression cooling system. The method provides for nighttime pre-cooling of a building that maintains indoor temperatures within a comfort range based on the user input settings, calculated operational settings, and predictions of indoor and outdoor temperature trends for a future period of time such as the next day.
Springer; David A. (Winters, CA), Rainer; Leo I. (Davis, CA)
Davis Energy Group, Inc. (Davis, CA)
11/ 806,059
May 29, 2007
This invention was made with State of California support under California Energy Commission Contract No. 500-02-026. The Energy Commission has certain rights to this invention.