Depending on the seasons and your location, beating the heat or cold can prove to be quite the challenge in one’s home. During warmer months, it is tempting to turn up the AC or buy fans, yet there are many more options to keep it cool at home.
On the other hand, during winter, the easiest way to deal is to blast the heating, which can result in massive heat loss as well as expensive bills. Of course, the ideal temperature depends on many factors, including one’s own preferences.
There are multiple ways to better the temperatures inside a home or an office, and to monitor them while you are away. To control it and react accordingly not only helps to save money, it also brings greater comfort.
A room that is too hot can make sleep difficult, as experienced by many on hot days. You should also be careful with heating in winter. The ideal temperature for sleep, depending on one’s habits and preferences, is around 17 to 20 Celsius degrees. Furthermore, different rooms of your home have different temperature needs. In case you are lucky to have sauna in your home, temperature should of course be way up when using it!
Why control the temperature?
The main argument here is money. To ameliorate the way you deal with warmth or cold can help greatly to reduce costly bills. Additionally, it can also improve your sleep, make life overall more comfortable, and protect your belongings (for example, electronics can overheat during summer).
As for heating, somewhere around 17 to 19 degrees seems to be the optimum temperature, in terms of health and wealth. This, of course, depends on many conditions: individual preferences, how cold it is outside, quality of insulation, etc. Each Celsius degree above this results in a drastic increase of your bill, simply because a cooler house loses less heat. In other words, raising the heating becomes less and less efficient. In the winter, it is recommended to lower the temperature at night when people sleep and during the day when people are not at home.
Great ways to control the inside of your home:
Timing is everything. You may lower the heating when sleeping, and even stop all appliances when away.
As obvious as it may seem, keeping your home as sealed as possible by closing doors and windows is a simple and efficient way of retaining heat — or fresh air, if we are talking about air conditioning during summer days. Shutting the blinds during hot days also prevents compounding the warmth of the rooms. On the other hand, opening your windows and letting outside air flow in is an easy way to mitigate extreme conditions within your place.
As for long term investments, you may replace old appliances with modern ones, which consume less energy and are better performing. You might also want to compare technology, that helps you to attain the ideal room temperature.
Programmable thermostats allows for maintenance of cost-efficient standards while people are away from home, and to set a change in advance by programming a time thirty minutes prior to coming home or waking up to raise the heat to the desired level.
Furthermore, there are air-to-air heat pumps or water-to-air heat pumps, in case you are interested in digging into some more alternatives. Heat pumps are more and more popular in Europe. You may expect the one time investment soon to be covered, as air pumps pay themselves quickly back. Keeping up ideal temperature levels is smooth and easy with them, as most of the pumps can be monitored with a smartphone.
Alright, how do I monitor the temperature then?
Monitoring room temperature with smartphone — this leads us to RuuviTag! One great way to check the temperature is to use RuuviTags: simple, efficient and connected through the Ruuvi Station app, these sensors can be placed virtually anywhere and provide users with information 24/7.
More accurate than thermometers, they prove to be convenient to use. For example, you can set an alert in case it gets too hot or too cold, or check the evolution of parameters through graphics. That way, it is not necessary to be home to make sure that everything is as you want it to be.
Not only is temperature important, but humidity also plays a role in how you feel. Luckily, the RuuviTags allows its users to monitor these factors, and more. Make sure your place is fresh or warm according to your preferences easily!
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