What is room climate?

Jasmin Kiss
09/27/2022 in Know How
We sometimes underestimate how important the perfect harmony between pleasant temperatures, levels of humidity and air quality is for our well-being. But how can we determine the perfect room climate, and how can we manage it energy-efficitently or without much effort? This is exactly where climate control comes in!  We’ve put together this blog to start unpacking the topic, with more on climate control to come – so stay tuned! 

Room climate…What is it?

The term ‘smart climate control’ is more commonly used when referring to the right temperature. However, it can be so much more!

Essentially, the climate of a room encompasses several different factors that all have an influence on our well-being and how comfortable we feel – especially in a closed room. The main factors include the temperature, humidity level and the air quality. If the air quality and temperature in a bedroom, for example, is not conducive to a room where we sleep – then you can see how this wouldn’t be good for our health.

Between spending long hours at the office or in our WFH space, spending cozy evenings on the couch with our family, studying, playing, sleeping…. we do end up indoors most of the time. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that a typical American spends around 90% of their time indoors. Additionally, inside is where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations, which makes a system to manage your air quality even more vital to a healthy life.

This is why we’ve made it a goal to provide all Loxone smart homes with optimal temperature as well as air quality management to ensure the optimal environment for concentrating, sleeping, or relaxing.

More importantly, it’s about achieving this optimal level in a way that is economic, energy-efficient and effortless – more on this to follow.

What is the ideal room climate?

As we’ve pointed out, there are three main points to consider when looking to achieve an ideal room climate.

Optimal Temperature

If the temperature is too high or too low, it goes without saying that you’ll either be sweating or shivering and almost certainly feeling uncomfortable.

Moreover, heating can be even more costly when it’s done in a wasteful way. To save your wallet in times of soaring gas prices, intelligent climate control is one of the smartest investments you can make.

Optimal Humidity

Unideal levels of humidity can pose damage to the occupants of a building, or the structure itself. Humidity levels that are too high can cause mold, and levels that are too low can cause skin and mucous membrane irritation.

Whether it be at home, in the office, or in public spaces such as restaurants or hotels: we spend so much time inside, but buildings should never be the reason that our health is at risk.

Optimal Air Quality

On its own, air quality can have a considerable effect on our health. It sounds simple, but making sure you get plenty of fresh air can actually help prevent migraines, fatigue and the spread of pathogens.

However, opening your windows during colder months can be costly! This is where building automation comes in handy: Loxone has solutions that close your windows for you, or take over ventillation completely.

Room climate differs from room to room

Although you might find yourself falling asleep on the couch or eating breakfast in bed – essentially no two rooms are used in the same way in a home. Therefore, the ideal climate differs from room to room. It is no surprise then that the ideal values for temperature and humidity will vary – keeping the assumption that there is a free-flow of air throughout the house.

 

Room Optimal Temperature Optimal Humidity
Bathroom 75 °F 50 – 70 %
Kitchen 65 °F 50 – 60 %
Office 68 °F 40 – 60 %
Living Rooms 68 °F 40 – 60 %
Hallway 60 °F 40 – 60 %
Bedrooms 66 °F 40 – 60 %

*These are only recommended guidelines in the interest of an optimal room climate.

Room Optimal Temp. Optimal Humidity
Bathroom 23°C 50 – 70%
Kitchen 22.5°C 50 – 60%
Study 22.5°C 40 – 60%
Living Rooms 21.5°C 40 – 60%
Hallway 20°C 40 – 60%
WC 20°C 40 – 60%
Bedrooms 18°C 40 – 60%

*These are only recommended guidelines in the interest of an optimal room climate.

Achieve the right room climate with no effort

You might be wondering how then can you ensure that each room in your home has a climate that is complementary to the way the room is used.

In a Loxone Smart Home, this is taken care of for you – completely automating the process to ensure the ideal room climate. Is it a bedroom or your office? Is anyone using the room right now? Is it hot or cold outside?

The answers to these questions, and more, are determined by your intelligent home so that you don’t have to worry about it. Our Smart Home Experts will be able to discuss the options for automating the room climates throughout your home. Request a project consultation and we’ll be in touch to arrange a one-to-one.

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