20 February 2018

How to improve the perception of comfort and wellbeing in the home

According to the theories of the Danish expert Povi Ole Fanger, the human perception of comfort in an indoor environment is subject to personal and environmental conditions. Temperature, humidity and air flow are those which have a major impact on our wellbeing.
They are the factors which affect thermo-hygrometric comfort and the mental state of satisfaction with the thermal environment.

The sensation of comfort also derives from purity of air, visual quality, exposure to sound, the absence of insects and pollens, metabolic expenditure related to the activities carried out and the thermal resistance of the clothing worn.

How can you improve comfort and wellbeing in the home?

The existing environment can be improved in many ways to increase the feeling of comfort and wellbeing. First of all, it is necessary to use thermal insulating materials to maintain the surface temperatures uniform throughout the year, reduce thermal bridges, provide shade for windows in the hotter months and purify indoor air. Furthermore, it is advisable to eliminate excess humidity, make the best use of natural light, install acoustic panels to protect against external noise, keep insects away and choose relaxing colours and interior finishes.

Hence, by limiting the risk of environmental contamination and significantly reducing energy consumption, you can live in a healthy environment, which can be highly appreciated in terms of added value.

Energy up-grading and renovation must be regarded as a profitable investment. Putting this strategy into place will have an impact on reducing energy bills, improving health and making the living space more pleasant to be in.
Windows are complex and interesting elements in the fabric of a home. They let in light and fresh air and offer views that connect interior living spaces with the outdoors. However, they can be a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and significant heat loss in winter. Energy efficient windows make your home more comfortable, dramatically reduce your energy costs and help to create a brighter, cleaner and healthier environment.

Which products by Pronema can be used to increase comfort and wellbeing?

Awnings, sun blinds and other shading systems such as sunbreakers and roller shutters. They reduce summer cooling requirements by up to 70% and avoid continuous and unnecessary use of air conditioning systems.

Insulation modules. These modules allow quick and accurate installation of windows and doors. They minimise energy loss – often considerable – caused by thermal bridges typical of window systems.

Insect screens. Their screens protect against insects, which are particularly active in summer at sunset, when you would like to open the windows to cool down.


Posted by Alessandro Palazzo
​Architect. A ClimateHouse energy consultant who specialises in improving the energy efficiency of buildings. He is a professor at the Faculty of Design at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2010, he has been a European Commission consultant at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Varese).

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