Impacts of static pressure set level on HVAC energy consumption and indoor conditions Academic Article uri icon


  • Air static pressure must be maintained at a certain level leaving the air-handling unit (AHU) to force a suitable amount of air through the terminal boxes. However, an excessive static pressure level is often used due to (1) lack of a control device in a constant-volume (CV) system, (2) a malfunctioning control device in a variable-air-volume (VAV) system, and (3) fear of failure to maintain room temperature. High static pressure often develops excessive damper leakage in older mixing boxes. This results in an inappropriate mixing of hot and cold air for dual-duct systems, excessive reheat in single-duct systems, and an excessive amount of air entering the space. Consequently, the actual fan power and heating and cooling energy consumption all become significantly higher than the design values. Even worse, the system may not be able to maintain room conditions due to unwanted simultaneous heating and cooling and may be noisy due to the excessive static pressure. This paper proposes to control the hot duct pressure and the variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to control the fan static, i.e., the cold duct pressure for dual-duct air-handling units. Both a theoretical analysis and results from a case study are presented in this paper.

published proceedings

  • ASHRAE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, M., Claridge, D. E., Zhu, Y., & White, E.

complete list of authors

  • Liu, M||Claridge, DE||Zhu, Y||White, E

publication date

  • December 1997