11 Jun Temperature Affects Comfort, What Other Factors Play a Role?
Whether you live in Dexter, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, or other cities in southeast Michigan, you know the temperature you set your thermostat on is a big factor in how comfortable your home feels. Still, enjoying a comfortable home is much more than whether it is 72 degrees. Humidity and the quality of the air inside your home can also determine just how comfortable you feel. At Haley Mechanical, we want to help you enjoy the most comfortable home possible this summer season!
Temperature. Most people talk about the temperature when engaging in a conversation about the weather. You may hear, “It is freezing,” or “It is hot and humid” or any other phrase, depending on what the temperature is outdoors. What most homeowners do not realize is that temperature is not inherently stable. There are many factors that can affect how comfortable a room feels and its temperature. You know how it gets hot in a room when it is filled with people? This is because most humans generate an amount of heat equivalent to a 100-watt light bulb. Add in a draft around a window or door, whether sunlight may be coming directly through a window in the room, and you can see why keeping a room at the temperature set on the thermostat is nearly impossible.
Humidity. Ever have that heavy, sticky feeling in the rooms of your home? Humidity can make you feel warm and uncomfortable, even when the temperature on the thermostat is set at a temperature that usually feels comfortable. Humidity is tiny water droplets, which makes it difficult for people to sweat “effectively.” Sweating is how the body cools itself, and because humidity is moisture, it makes your body’s natural cooling function difficult because the moisture from your skin can’t evaporate due to the humidity in the air (and on your skin).
Also, humidity can add to the air temperature – by as much as 8 degrees! On a day when the actual temperature is 90 degrees, high humidity can make it feel like 98 degrees. Ultimately, humid air feels hotter, while dryer air feels cooler. If your home doesn’t have a system in place to remove humidity or “dehumidify,” it will affect your comfort level. You won’t be as comfortable as you would in a room that is a few degrees warmer, but with dryer air. Controlling humidity inside your home in summer months can result in a more comfortable home, and lower energy bills.
Indoor air quality. Pet dander, pollen, dust, tobacco smoke – all of these things can make the air inside your home more polluted, and less comfortable. Humidity is damp, which can result in the growth of mold and mildew. Paint, cleaning products, and even chemicals in carpeting and other textiles can pollute your indoor air, and even be dangerous to your health. Those who suffer from allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions may notice aggravated symptoms simply because the air inside your home is not as clean as it could be. The Lennox PureAir Air Purification System is the only system on the market that provides homeowners with air that is truly clean and fresh.
Control. The solution to enjoying the ultimate in comfort in your home? Controlling the temperature, air quality, and humidity levels. This can be accomplished by having a cooling/heating system that allows you to create your perfect indoor environment while preserving it. Most thermostats make it possible to control the temperature, but to control humidity, consider the iComfort® Wi-Fi and the ComfortSense 7000; both make it possible to independently control the humidity or moisture levels in the air.
Ready to create your perfect space? Resolve all of the issues affecting the comfort of your SE Michigan home by calling Haley Mechanical today.