Roads towards Increased Thermal Comfort at Home

Lillian Connors shares some great ideas to help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Too hot in the summer and too cold in the wintertime - sounds familiar? It’s not uncommon that people cannot obtain perfect temperature in their home in the periods of excessive heat or chill, and that can decidedly affect their comfort, mood and productivity. On top of that, the mismanagement of home temperature will also reflect negatively on the utility bill.
A series of factors should be taken into consideration if you wish to to create an optimal thermal environment for the entire year: air velocity, temperature and humidity, sun heat gain and the temperature of the nearby devices or surfaces. Here are a few tips on how to improve the thermal conditions in your own home.
Furniture elements

Start with the simplest alterations and tweaks. Examine your furnishing elements and pinpoint the ones that often make you fidgety and uncomfortable. Whether you’re working from home or just lounging in your free time, mesh back chairs are great in minimizing the heat build-up, unlike the padded seats with leather or woolly upholstery. Likewise, goose feather pillows and cushions are veritable “furnaces” in the summer, so it’s better to store them away during the hot months. 
When picking out furniture, favour the pieces with circulation gaps on the side or at the back. The same principle can be applied to outdoor structures like patios and decks. Lastly, invest in overhead lighting pieces with low-heat emission, like LEDs, or at least opt for task and floor fixtures with this type of bulbs.
HVAC settings and operation

Before you start searching for the source of problem elsewhere, check the thermostats to see if it matches your usual temperature setting. Make an agreement with your family members about the ideal values for the season, and try to stick to it. The sudden shifts will also overload the AC system and increase your electricity costs.
Move on to the system dampers and diffusers. The jammed dampers can significantly reduce the air flow and make the room stuffier and hotter. When diffusers are concerned, sometimes a simple opening of a VAV box can release the much needed gush of cool air during the hottest hours of the summer days. 
HVAC filters and upkeep
The optimum operation of air management devices is bound to improve the quality of air in your home and maintain a pleasant airflow. As a bonus, a high-performance HVAC system is proven to lower the energy costs by 10%.
It goes without saying that you should service the device regularly and clean the filters at least twice a year to ensure an undisturbed operation of the AC system. Top it off by making use of the appropriate filters that fit the needs of your family (hypoallergenic, ozone, etc.).
Organize the appliances
If you’re blessed with enough space in the house, try to remove all the devices that emit a lot of heat from the places where you spend time. For instance, keep your water heaters, washing machine and dryer in a separate room or in a basement. When it comes to tech devices in your living room or bedroom, make sure they are spaced out evenly and placed far from the bed or other seating furniture.
Low-e window treatment

Windows are one of the sorely neglected house elements when temperature control is in question. The use of some quality solar window film solution can serve as a year-round solution for thermal comfort of all house members. This treatment can minimize the sun heat gain during the warm months and keep the heat out from the air-conditioned spaces. This invariably makes the rooms more pleasant while the energy consumption is kept at minimum.
Similarly, this special window film treatment aids in heat retention during the colder periods. In addition, your family members can leave the shades and blinds open thanks to the anti-glare property of the solar films. This will allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of sunlight and feel more connected with nature.

The stuffy, hot air or shiver-worthy conditions are equally undesirable when our living environment is concerned. Utilize some of our advice to increase a thermal comfort in your home as well.

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