Correctly adjusting the temperature in your home is essential for guaranteeing well-being for those people in the house, whether temporarily or permanently, including adults, teenagers, children and newborn infants.
This articles shows us why the household temperature is so important for health, and how a smart heating system is the decisive factor for optimal management.
Thermal well-being, temperature and health
There are many environmental factors that affect a person’s health and well-being.
Some of these are the light we are exposed to, air quality, and of course, the climate inside our homes.
Regulating the temperature in our homes is an essential aspect to ensure physical and mental well-being for those who live there.
In particular, if there are children and newborn infants in the home, temperature is even more important, given the serious consequences that it can have on their health.
So why is household temperature so important and how can we best manage it to protect everyone’s health?
In recent times, given the need to spend more time at home, and the fact more people have been working from home, many have begun to pay increasing attention towards the home's climate conditions.
As some scientific studies on the matter have shown (Gerardini & Pio Ferrara 2016), the “micro-climate”, namely the set of physical factors that characterise the air within confined spaces, affects thermal exchange between humans and environment, that in turn determines the so-called “thermal well-being”.
The importance of climate well-being
Thermal well-being is the state in which a person feels well in the environment they are in, as they do not perceive sensations of hot and cold.
This state deeply affects our performance in daily activities, our concentration and our productivity.
Moreover, in the long term it also has repercussions on our health, our mood and on the quality of our sleep.
Clearly, one of the factors that most affects thermal well-being is the ambient temperature that surrounds us.
That is why, in any environment that is crucial for us, namely our home, it is important to keep it under control.
A smart heating system is of enormous help for this purpose.
Let's look at the best way to use it, and which stratagems to adopt to have an ideal temperature in the home, both in summer and winter, creating an optimal micro-climate even for children and newborn infants.
House temperature for newborn infants and children
If there are children or newborn infants in the household, keeping temperature under control is even more important, as their bodies and thermo-regulation mechanisms are still developing.
In particular, in the case of newborn infants, the internal house temperature should be kept at around 20°-22°, dressing the baby in an extra layer compared to adults.
With regards to children, sudden changes in temperature between inside the home and outside may cause inflammations that are characteristic of seasonal illnesses.
There is a simple reason for this.
The upper respiratory tract is formed by ciliated cells that move around to prevent the entry of germs.
Sudden changes in temperature slow down the movement of these ciliated cells, thus aiding the entry of viruses and bacteria.
If, instead, children are used to being in a home heated to a moderate temperature, the movement from inside to outside will not be as brusque and the ciliated cells will continue to work effectively.
The ideal temperature in your home in both winter and summer
When we speak of ideal temperature, one important fact to take into account is our body's thermo-regulation mechanism, that allows us to maintain a constant temperature, thus protecting our vital functions.
This mechanism reacts to each change in the external temperature, and therefore, to prevent it being placed pointlessly under stress, it is important to avoid big swings in temperature.
Therefore, especially in the summer, there shouldn’t be more than 6° or 7° degrees of difference between indoor and outdoor temperature.
In Winter, according to WHO directives, the ideal temperature in the home is 20°, with a maximum variation of ±2.
We should maintain a constant temperature in the home, especially in living room and the kitchen, where we spend most of our time.
Instead, in the bedroom, where we sleep under blankets, the room temperature should be lower.
One thing we should bear in mind is the type of activity that we carry out in the home: when we move around, for example when cleaning, our body temperature rises compared to when we are sitting down, watching television or working from home.
However, if the temperature in the room where we find ourselves remains the same, our thermo-regulation mechanism will be placed under stress to avoid feeling too hot or too cold, with the inevitable consequences on our health.
The ideal would be to have a home temperature regulation system that takes into account the room we are in, the activity that we are doing and the current season.
While it is hard to manage all these variables with a traditional heating system, one a smart system such as IRSAP NOW offers the perfect solution, thanks to its smart thermostat.
Regulating temperature via a smart heating system
A smart heating system, allows you to programme different temperatures, even remotely, meaning not just the times, but also the rooms, activating different modes and settings for day and night, and detecting the presence of open windows or other heat sources.
All this is possible thanks to the many IRSAP NOW system functions.
Activating the Multi-zone mode, allows you to manage each room in the house independently in a personalised manner.
In fact, using the Multi-zone setting allows you to regulate the temperature i the various rooms, such as the living room, bathroom and study, in different ways, depending on the activities carried out in those environments and based on the amount of time spent in these rooms.
Also, managing the house temperature remotely, using the App, allows you to control the system easily from anywhere, at any time.
This option allows you to prepare the home temperature for when you arrive, and keep the temperature constant, thus avoiding those dangerous sudden changes in temperature.
In this way, IRSAP NOW responds rapidly and flexibly to our needs.
Thanks to its distinguishing functions, the IRSAP NOW system automatically guarantees greater thermal comfort for the entire family, making sure the temperature is ideal for them to preserve their health and well-being.
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