3 Tips to Making Your Home More Comfortable
Few things feel nicer than stepping inside a warm house on a cool day or coming home to a cool house on a hot day. But remember that home comfort includes ambient sleeping temperatures as well — a stuffy bedroom, for example, can disturb the natural sleep cycle.
Thus creating a comfortable home means controlling both temperature and humidity around the clock. Keep reading to discover a few things that homeowners sometimes overlook when trying to create a comfortable living space.
Manage Your Humidity
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If you notice your HVAC system running all the time during the winter months, consider having humidity levels checked throughout your home. Because dry air is cooler than warm air, higher humidity levels during winter help create a more comfortable living environment as water vapor in the air absorbs heat, keeping the air from cooling as quickly. When you humidify your home’s air appropriately during the winter, you can heat your house less while remaining as warm and cozy as ever.
In summer, the opposite is true. Because humid air cools more slowly, lowering humidity levels can keep your house cool longer. Thus, whether in winter or summer, controlling the humidity of your home’s air can cut your heating and cooling bills.
To discover how altering your home’s humidity levels could help you save money, consider hiring a HVAC professional to test your home’s humidity levels, allowing you to determine whether your home needs a humidity pump. A typical indoor humidity level is approximately 50 percent. Such a test is inexpensive and convenient, and it can save you considerable money over the long term.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Using a smart thermostat, you can control which rooms of your house receive cool or warm air. Moreover, you can access such a thermostat from your smartphone or computer, allowing you to adjust room temperatures at the touch of a button.
Better still, a smart thermostat can save you money while helping you create your ideal living and sleeping temperatures. Using a smart thermostat, you can establish heating and cooling zones throughout your house, helping keep the active areas of your home comfortable while ignoring parts of the house not currently in use.
For example, you could use your smart thermostat to keep sleeping areas at your ideal ambient temperature during the night while shutting off temperature moderation in common areas and rooms such as the kitchen — areas that are not in use during the nighttime hours. You could do the reverse during the day, when bedrooms are not in use. By using a smart thermostat to vary temperatures according to the time of day, you can implement zoned air-conditioning that can save you money while improving your living conditions.
Heat Your Home Geothermally
Underground, temperatures remain largely constant. Thus, by installing a geothermal heating system, you can reduce your reliance on HVAC heating and cooling. Geothermal heating systems circulate geothermal heat, which is generally about 70 degrees. In winter, 70-degree temperatures are plenty warm to create a comfortable living environment, and in summer, 70-degree air is a welcome relief. Note, however, that although geothermal systems can reduce your use of an HVAC system, they do not replace it.
By controlling humidity, establishing temperature zones, and heating geothermally, homeowners in a range of climate zones can help create a comfortable atmosphere within the home while boosting efficiency and, therefore, cutting costs. To take control of your home’s temperature without losing control of your energy bills, call a professional to find out how you can implement these methods in your home.