4 Factors That Can Have a Big Impact on Your Home Comfort

June 30, 2015

Staying comfortable in your Des Moines home and keeping heating and cooling costs under control can seem impossible. It helps to understand the factors that affect home comfort. These four factors give you a starting point as you strive for a comfortable, efficient home.

Temperature Stability The temperature in your home is the primary factor driving comfort. While you probably have the thermostat set to a steady temperature, outside factors can impact the ability of your HVAC system to maintain this temperature. For example, sunlight shining through a window can heat up your home.

Humidity Level The heavy, sticky feel of air that has a high level of humidity can significantly influence indoor comfort. When the humidity in your home is at a comfortable level, you can set the thermostat higher without feeling uncomfortable. Getting the humidity in your home under control with a dehumidifier can help you save money by allowing you to keep your home warmer without making it uncomfortable in the summer months.

Air Quality If there's dust, dirt and debris in the air in your home, your comfort will significantly diminish. These pollutants can exaggerate allergies and even cause respiratory problems. Chemical vapors from furniture, flooring, paint and cleaners can also circulate throughout your home when you don't have proper filtration in your HVAC system. The solution? Regular air filter changes and perhaps an air purification system.

Comfort Control Your ability to control the factors that affect home comfort plays a big role in how comfortable your home is throughout the day. Conventional thermostats give you the ability to control the temperature in your home, while programmable thermostats with additional features are available that also allow for humidity control

For more information on factors that affect home comfort, contact Lozier Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the Des Moines area since 1906. Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Credit/Copyright Attribution: "Rafael Croonen/Shutterstock"