A comparative simple method for human bioclimatic conditions applied to seasonally hot/warm cities of Mexico

ADALBERTO TEJEDA MARTÍNEZ, O. R. GARCIA CUETO

Abstract

The climate of a region is an environmental resource with important implications for things such as thermal comfort, health and productivity of the population. In this work the bioclimatic comfort was evaluated for seven seasonally warm/hot cities of Mexico by means of the following current indexes: Discomfort Index, Enthalpy Index and Heat Strain Index. Also, the periods during which it is necessary to use air conditioning in the studied cities were calculated from estimated global radiation and hourly data of temperature and relative humidity which made it possible to establish them with high precision. Finally, the useful of the Heat Strain Index is shown. It is a simple index needing available meteorological data to compare bioclimatic conditions of similar sites.

Keywords

Human comfort; tropical cities; México

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