During the summer, home comfort looms to the forefront because we have to spend so much time indoors to stay out of the heat. Besides the actual temperature indoors, there are other components that contribute to overall health and indoor enjoyment.
The air temperature dictates how comfortable you are inside to a large extent because it’s what your skin perceives. Although body temperatures vary, people are most comfortable at 72 degrees F, although it’s fairly easy to get used to temperatures above or below that threshold to save energy inside.
A functional thermostat controls the temperature, but one that doesn’t always respond to the set points may leave you too warm or cold indoors. HVAC technicians routinely calibrate thermostats when they perform annual HVAC maintenance.
While temperature drives the larger aspect of comfort, the humidity contributes, too. When it’s too humid, the moisture on your skin doesn’t dry as quickly and you’ll feel warmer. Since perspiration is the primary means of cooling the body, more humidity translates to feeling less comfortable during the warm months.
Ideally, indoor humidity should range between 30 and 50 percent for optimal health. When it falls above this range, mold spores, fungi, bacteria and viruses proliferate. When it falls below the recommendation, respiratory and skin irritations are common.
Air quality also contributes to home comfort, but often in more subtle ways. A home with high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), dust, pollen, dander and mold spores won’t be as healthy. Anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma may not be as comfortable and VOCs can cause mild to serious reactions. One of the easiest ways to improve air quality is by using better air filters and UV (ultraviolet) lights inside the HVAC system.
The HVAC system maintains comfortable temperatures and in the summer, some humidity control and air quality management. However, upgraded thermostats, higher quality air filters and UV lights in the HVAC system will enhance home comfort and your well-being. For more information, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.
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).