Maintaining the right temperature and humidity in your home ensures benefits for the environment and for your health and it also guarantees to save on your utility bills.
Saving energy is one of the most important things for environmental protection.
And it’s something that the users must keep in mind, in addition to maintaining the right temperature in the house, especially in the colder months. In fact, this factor also contributes to a large scale to reduce environmental pollution.
The ideal temperature to maintain in an apartment or house varies according to the environments and the hours of the day or night.
What’s the Right Temperature to Keep at Home and Why
With this in mind, it is also necessary to understand what are the ideal temperatures that must be maintained at home in order to guarantee economic savings and safeguard our health.
In this regard, even the WHO (World Health Organization) intervenes, indicating the optimal temperature to keep at home at 70°F.
There are environments and rooms that allow, however— or in some cases force you, to keep different temperatures.
In a kitchen, for example, the ideal temperature can reach 64.5°F, as it’s an environment heated differently if you think about operating an oven and stove you’ll easily get why.
A living room is an environment where the whole family spends most of the time on average, and a temperature of around 68°F is recommended here.
Your sleeping area, on the other hand, requires the temperature to be lowered to reach even 60.8°F and this for a mere health reason. In this environment, this kind of temperature prevents the risk of various ailments.
This also applies to the presence of infants or children who are subject to respiratory problems when they are in too hot environments, in this case, therefore, the temperature must be around 68-71.5°F during the day and 64.4-66.2°F at night.
The advantages of the ideal climate in your home:
- Immune defense is raised, so you get sick less often;
- The probability of having problems such as colds and bronchitis, headache, neck pain and irritation of the skin and eyes is reduced;
- The consumption due to heating or cooling of the rooms is lowered and therefore there is a saving on the bill;
- It pollutes less and contributes to the protection of the environment.
How to Obtain Ideal Conditions
To obtain and keep under control the ideal climate condition is home, there are some appliances and devices.
These appliances help us to feel comfortable inside our home, but at the same time they must also interfere as little as possible with the surrounding environment, and for this energy-saving and minimal discharge to the outside, are fundamental requirements.
It is also very important to maintain the right level of humidity. The humidity level that must be maintained in a domestic environment is around 40-50%.
The correct temperature and humidity, in fact, allows our body to develop the right immune defense and to more easily avoid the risk of illness, first of all, respiratory diseases.
They also prevent the formation of mold, which is detrimental to our health.
The team of experts at Wisepick has done deep research about the ideal home climate and how to obtain it with many of the types of devices available:
These renewable energy systems take thermal energy from the outside and release it into the internal environment, in the form of air for heating and water for the production of domestic hot water and are also equipped with a system that allows cooling.
A heat pump, therefore, uses free, ecological and renewable energy that is drawn from the soil, water, and air, which is why it allows a real reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In order to maintain the adequate temperature in domestic environments, the heat pumps adapt to the thermal needs of the household as you can set it to the most suitable operating mode.
The air conditioner cools the air using gas. It only allows you to adjust the fan speed, not to set a certain temperature. Hot air conditioners, compared to “cold” ones, allow you to heat the room.
The “on-off” air conditioners reach maximum power right from the start, while the “inverter” ones operate gradually, allowing you to save energy when the environment is cold.
Dehumidifier and Humidifier
A dehumidifier, fixed or mobile, is used to eliminate a percentage of humidity from the air. The device automatically controls the quantity and makes this percentage stable.
A humidifier instead is a device capable of using sensors to detect the percentage of humidity present in the air and then bring it back to the established levels.
There are cold steam and hot steam humidifiers. The cold steam ones nebulize the cold water that is contained in the tank and spread it in the environment.
We indicate as air purifiers those appliances dedicated to the “cleaning” of the air in domestic environments, or to the removal from the atmosphere of all those particles not visible to the naked eye and which, however, can over time cause problems to the respiratory system, in particular to already vulnerable people (children, the elderly, allergy sufferers, etc.).
For air purification, these appliances use systems based on a fan and filters, sometimes also supported by other technologies: such as ionizers or ultraviolet radiation.
There many kinds of different filters for different types of air purifiers:
A dust filter is a thin and dense plastic grid that performs the first step at filtering of the largest and most voluminous dust particles.
This system also extends the life of the filter itself, allowing it to focus exclusively on the finest particles.
Activated Carbon Filter
Activated carbon filter uses the natural properties of coal.
The principle by which activated carbon has a filtering capacity is called adsorption: as air passes through this myriad of micropores, some types of particles remain attached to it (without penetrating inside, and this is the difference with absorption).
This type of filter is particularly effective against flying organic compounds, odors, and various polluting gases.
High-efficiency filter (HEPA)
The High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters have been developed in the field of nuclear power in order to equip workers and researchers with a filter capable of neutralizing radioactive particles possibly dispersed in the atmosphere: this helps to understand what level of effectiveness we are talking about.
The HEPA filters look like sheets of stiff and thick paper folded on itself like an accordion: in fact, the “sheets” are not made of paper, but of very thin glass fibers indistinguishable to the naked eye.
In addition to the filters we have seen, some air purifier models are equipped with a sterilizing ultraviolet lamp.
When the air passes under this light, the air is sterilized: bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogens are inactivated or destroyed by ultraviolet radiation, thus becoming harmless.
For their properties, ultraviolet light is widely used in the medical industry, for the sterilization of sanitary equipment and instruments and for the sanitation of environments.
How to Choose the Best Air Purifier for Mold
Consumption, coverage, airflow, and air purification rate are all elements to be taken into consideration to evaluate the actual performance of the purifier.
Since these data are difficult to deduce empirically at home, we recommend a careful reading of the product’s technical data sheet— and if you’re still confused about the right one for your house, we’ve prepared a useful buying guide for an air purifier for mold removal.