An experimental evaluation of duct-mounted relative humidity sensors: Part 2 - Accuracy results Conference Paper uri icon


  • This is the second paper in a three-part series reporting on the test and evaluation of typical duct-mounted relative humidity sensors used in building HVAC applications. In this paper, three duct-mounted humidity sensors from each of six different manufacturers were tested and evaluated to determine the sensor accuracy and to provide a comparison with manufacturer specifications. A total of 18 sensors were tested, nine of them were capacitive-type sensors and nine were resistive-type sensors. The sensors were tested at three different temperatures (i.e., 15C, 25C, and 35C) and five different relative humidity (RH) levels (i.e., 10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, and 90% RH). The experimental procedure used for testing and evaluating the accuracy of the humidity sensors was described previously in Part 1 (Joshi et al. 2004a) of this paper. The test and evaluation results show that at 25C, two of the six humidity sensor models are within manufacturer-specified accuracy of 3% for the entire relative humidity range of 10% to 90%. A third sensor model did not meet the manufacturer-specified accuracy of 3% at any humidity level tested while the remaining three sensor models met the manufacturer-specified accuracy of 3% for only part of the humidity range. 2005 ASHRAE.

published proceedings

  • ASHRAE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Joshi, S. N., Pate, M. B., Nelson, R. M., House, J. M., & Klaassen, C. J.

complete list of authors

  • Joshi, SN||Pate, MB||Nelson, RM||House, JM||Klaassen, CJ

publication date

  • December 2005