From furnishings to bed linens, every part of your home should look and feel comfortable. But what about the other factors that affect home comfort? Here are four of the biggest factors that can change the way you and your home feel.
Indoor temperature is one of the most influential factors that affects home comfort. It’s also one of the least stable, as something as simple as sunlight streaming through a window or even body heat can raise it. Issues with your HVAC system can cause uneven temperatures throughout your home.
Regardless of the temperature in the room, the level of humidity can make the air feel hotter or colder than it actually is. Made up of minuscule droplets of water, humidity can hamper your body’s natural ability to cool itself by preventing it from sweating. Because humid air feels heavy and sticky, it can add to discomfort, increasing how the actual temperature feels by as much as eight degrees.
Your home’s air conditioner is the best way to beat the heat, cooling while dehumidifying. A hygrometer can help measure indoor humidity levels. A reading between 30 and 50 percent is best.
In addition to smelling bad, impurities in the air can also irritate the eyes, lungs and nose, and in the case of allergy sufferers, cause a reaction. The main offenders are:
- Particulates, or tiny particles such as dust, pollen or pet dander.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are found in many cleaning products, adhesives, paints and other common household products
- Mold, otherwise known as a fungus that thrives in moist environments, along with mildew
An air purification system or UV lights can help improve indoor air quality, purifying the air and removing odors.
The right HVAC system, controlled by a smart thermostat, allows you to manage your indoor environment, maintaining temperature and humidity levels, and preserving air quality.
To learn more about the factors that affect home comfort, call the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. Since 1973, we’ve provided quality service to homeowners in Indian River, Martin and Palm Beach counties and the surrounding areas.