Thermometers/Sensors Do Not Measure Effective Air Temperature

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Date: 
2008
Volume: 
20
Number: 
8
Tip Category: 
Environmental monitoring
Hot weather management
Tunnel ventilation

You have market age birds on a hot summer day. All your fans are running as well as your evaporative cooling pads. You check your house temperature and it is running 84oF.The birds appear comfortable. Seeing all those fans running you start to think about this month’s upcoming power bill. It is probably going to be a big one. You wonder if you could shut off a couple of fans and save some power without sacrificing house temperature. You try it. Surprisingly enough, the house temperature only goes up about one degree. This is great! You have just reduced your fan operating cost by 20% or so and really haven’t changed house temperature. After all what is the difference between 84oF and 85oF?