Four Challenges To Indoor Comfort
The first thing we think about when it comes to indoor comfort is probably the temperature. But when you consider factors like humidity and air quality, the scope of what it takes to achieve comfort becomes much broader.
1. Temperature: A room’s temperature is in a constant struggle. Bright sunlight coming through a window adds heat. Cracks in window or door seals allow cool air to escape. Even your body heat can affect a room’s temperature. So temperature is by far the most influential to your comfort. And it’s the only factor that most conventional thermostats let you control.
2. Humidity: Humid air feels heavy and sticky, both of which add to the discomfort you feel on a hot day. If you’re in a cool room that isn’t properly dehumidified, you’ll actually feel less cool than if you were in a room with drier air that has the thermostat set a few degrees warmer. In summer, proper humidity levels not only optimize comfort, but also help you use less energy.
- Particles — dust, dirt, pet dander and allergens, such as pollen
- Mold, Mildew and Germs — tiny organisms that thrive in damp environments and greatly exacerbate allergies and asthma
- Chemical Vapors and Odors — generated by cleaning products, paint and other chemicals found in most homes. Filtration can help lessen the effect of some of these pollutants, but there are air cleaning systems available that offer an extra layer of protection to enhance the cleanliness and comfort of your air.
4. Control: The ability to control the above three comfort challenges is pretty important. Having the right home heating and air conditioning system — controlled by the proper thermostat — will let you create and preserve your perfect indoor space.