The four biggest factors in your home's comfort are:
- Cleanliness/freshness of air
- System Control
“Simple temperature management is only the beginning, in fact when the first modern a/c was developed one of the comfort dilemmas was trying to solve humidity control. To solve humidity control, you’ve got to start with the basics — heating or cooling — which is the foundation for your system.”
Cleanliness/Freshness of Air
Dusty, dirty homes at any temperature can cause feelings of discomfort to many people, especially allergy sufferers. And, the air in today’s tightly-sealed, well-insulated and energy-efficient homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated. The fact is, with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, Radon gas and more, the air inside your home can be even more polluted than the air outside. Proper installation and maintenance of your system can alleviate these problems and therefore add another level of comfort.
Humidity is a funny thing. In the winter, dry air can cause static electricity, itchy skin, damage to home furnishings and more. Adding humidity is a good thing because it makes the air feel warmer and more comfortable while minimizing damage to furnishings. In the summer, it is preferable to remove humidity so indoor air feels cooler and less sticky.
Some of the common comfort complaints from homeowners include: inconsistent temperatures from one room to the next, up and down temperature swings, constantly adjusting the thermostat, and more. System controls of varying degrees of sophistication can help with these issues, offering straight termperature control, programmability that allows setting a “comfort schedule,” temperature and humidity control combined, and dividing the home into zones which can be controlled separately.