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3 Factors Affecting Your Home Comfort (Hint: it’s more than just the temperature)

These three factors are affecting you and your family's home comfort.Your home is your sanctuary; a place where you should feel at ease and comfortable. But have you ever stopped to think about any of the other factors that can affect your home comfort (besides turning on your air conditioner?) It’s true, home comfort starts with temperature, but it actually involves so much more than just degrees. Other factors, like air quality and humidity also can have a big impact on comfort levels as well as your home’s environment.
Read on to learn how all of these elements should work together to optimize the overall comfort in your New Jersey home or office space.

What Affects Home Comfort Levels?

Temperature

Temperature control and stability goes well beyond adjusting the thermostat. Sealing air leaks, adding insulation and controlling external factors (like closing the blinds) can all improve the temperature stability throughout the home. Additionally, using a high efficiency system (16 SEER or higher) allows residents to precisely manage temperature and air flow and save big on energy costs. And a zoning system is designed specifically to give you the ultimate customized climate control for all the different zone locations in a home.

Humidity

No matter the season, levels of humidity in the air can affect the comfort of your home, as well as the proper functioning of your heating and air conditioning unit. For example, high humidity on hot summer days can make you feel even more uncomfortable (sticky) as too much moisture in the air prevents sweat from evaporating. An indoor humidity below 60% is recommended in summer months. So the drier the air, the cooler it will feel. Which means that 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 was a few degrees warmer.
And in the winter, adding moisture is essential as colder air is unable to hold much moisture and tends to be dry. An indoor humidity level of 30-40% is recommended in winter months. Humidifiers work together with your heating and air conditioning systems to provide an improved level of comfort.

Indoor Air Quality

Since a lot of us spend a good majority of our time indoors, it’s important to look at ways of preventing sick house syndrome by keeping the air quality as healthy as possible. When allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses flare up, it’s nearly impossible to feel comfortable.
To keep air clear, it’s important to clean and replace HVAC air filters regularly. Regular air filtration replacement not only traps in allergens, toxins and infections agents, but a new filter will also help to keep you cooler in the summer (and warmer in the winter).

Maximize Home Comfort with Routine Maintenance

The air conditioning experts at Brown’s Heating Cooling & Plumbing recommend regular maintenance, to ensure that all parts of your system are working correctly. Contact us today so that we can set your mind at ease, and have you getting the most out of your unit.