Learn the 4 Factors That Affect Your Home Comfort

When indoor air quality (IAQ) and humidity are out of control, it’s difficult to be comfortable regardless of the thermostat temperature setting. When it’s warm and sticky, lowering the thermostat does little more than increase your energy bills. Keep reading to learn about factors that affect home comfort and methods to resolve comfort and energy budget concerns.

Temperature and Thermostats

The settings of the thermostat determines both your indoor comfort, and your cooling and heating bills. To get the most from the cooling system, ensure ducts are well sealed and insulated and have the HVAC system serviced each spring and fall.

As far as striking a balance between comfort and energy savings, Energy Star recommends setting the thermostat to 78 degrees during the cooling months and 68 degrees during the heating months.

Indoor Air Quality and Comfort

Have you considered that your home’s air quality is an element of home comfort? It can be difficult to be comfortable if you or your family suffers an allergy or asthma attack while at home. Poor IAQ can cause fatigue and illness, as well as expose occupants to harmful gases, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Consider these tips to boost indoor air quality:

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Dust and clean with damp cloths or anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Wash bedding regularly in hot water.
  • Consider using a whole-house air cleaner if anyone suffers from respiratory ailments.

Indoor Humidity

Home comfort isn’t solely dependent on temperature settings and IAQ. Indoor humidity plays a major role in comfort and energy bills. High humidity hinders the body’s natural cooling process, which prompts lower thermostat settings. Ideally, you want to lower humidity and not the thermostat temperature.

To help control humidity, limit activities such as clothes washing and drying, cooking and showering to early morning and late evening hours. Dehumidifiers are effective solutions to control humidity. You can choose from console dehumidifiers for one room or a whole-house dehumidifier that attaches to the ducts.

To learn more about factors that affect home comfort and the solutions, contact Beyer Boys today. We’ve served residents of the San Antonio area since 1990.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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