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temperature-humidity index





Also known as the discomfort index or effective temperature, a quantity that gauges the effect of summer conditions on human comfort. It is used to predict how much power will be needed to run air-conditioning systems. Several different equations have been used to evaluate the temperature-humidity index (THI), which take into account readings of temperature and humidity, dependent on the data available. One such equation is
THI = 0.4(T1 + T2) + 15
where T1 is the dry-bulb temperature and T2 the wet-bulb temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (see hygrometer). When the index is 70 almost everyone feels comfortable; at 80 or more, no one.


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