I am currently sitting in a really boring meeting that is being held in a very small room. The room is packed full of people and it is hot in here. This situation reminds me of a conversation I had with an HVAC engineer years ago about the heat load that people present to a cooling system. During that discussion, the HVAC engineer casually mentioned that he models every person as a 100 W load. I should be able to estimate that number based on the average daily calorie consumption of a person. Consider the calculation I show in Equation 1.
- E is the average daily energy consumption of a human being. I am using the FDA recommended value of 2000 calories.
- T is length of a day.
The use of 100 W per person seems like a reasonable average number.