Programing Environmental Controllers to Minimize Fuel Wastage

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Date: 
2000
Volume: 
12
Number: 
10
Tip Category: 
Energy conservation
Environmental controllers

In the past a broiler house “environmental control system” typically consisted of a few forced air furnaces for supplemental heat during brooding, four side wall 36" fans for minimum ventilation, a curtain machine to help control house temperature during mild weather, a row of 36" fans down the center of the house and a few dozen fogging nozzles to provide some limited heat stress relief during hot weather. The control of these devices was fairly unsophisticated and as a result growers either turned these devices on and off manually or, more commonly, used traditional mechanical thermostats.