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Furnace fan never turns off

asked 2016-09-29 10:02:02 -0500

EnergyNerd gravatar image

updated 2017-09-09 13:26:28 -0500

OK, I have the furnace template (with A/C) running a one zone/one space model. The electrical use chart shows the same amount of fan energy consumption each month, meaning it is on all the time, correct? The fan should receive information about the operation of the gas burner and turn off when the heating demand is satisfied. I am also getting large (most days of the year) unmet hours which may be affecting this situation. Any ideas on how to correct this issue? Thanks.

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Did you check to see if you fan has an "always on discrete" schedule?

mdahlhausen gravatar imagemdahlhausen ( 2016-09-29 10:39:57 -0500 )edit

I had it on a schedule that matched the HtgSetp for my building type - MidriseApartment. I switched the schedule to always on discreet. When I reran the model, this did not appear to change anything. Thanks, Matt

EnergyNerd gravatar imageEnergyNerd ( 2016-09-29 12:16:18 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-09-29 12:58:07 -0500

The setup you are using now is a gas heating coil and a fan sitting independently on an air loop. The fan knows nothing about how the coil is operating. You would need to incorporate a cycling fan system in your model (i.e., 'AirloopHVAC:Unitary:Furnace:HeatOnly'). With this system type you can choose to run the fan continuously or cycle the fan with the coil operation.

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Thanks Richard. That's what I was thinking, but there is no such component in OpenStudio that I can find. There was just the one furnace template. Anyone else know about this?

EnergyNerd gravatar imageEnergyNerd ( 2016-09-29 13:43:39 -0500 )edit

OpenStudio chose to use the AirLoopHVAC:UnitarySystem object, which can be configured with many different types of coil/fan combinations. Go to HVAC tab > Library > AirLoopHVAC Unitary System and you should see one called Unitary - Gas heat - Cycling. I think this is what you want. If the system isn't cycling, check out the Supply Air Fan Operating Schedule field, as this schedule controls whether the fan cycles or runs constantly.

aparker gravatar imageaparker ( 2016-09-29 15:25:20 -0500 )edit

Thank you very much Andrew. This will be what I need.

EnergyNerd gravatar imageEnergyNerd ( 2016-09-29 15:37:07 -0500 )edit

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