A big part of being happy in your home is being comfortable in terms of climate control. It won’t matter how nice your living room couch is if you’re too hot, too cold, or the humidity level is distractingly dry or wet.
So, if you want to make a point of getting your climate control in order, both in terms of comfort level and economic sensibility, there are at least five ways to approach that situation, including using zoned heating and cooling, using individual room space heaters, sealing doors and windows, using drapes and draft blockers, and having humidifiers ready when you need them.
Zoned Heating and Cooling
If you decide that zoned heating and cooling is a good idea, you’re not alone. The companies that provide this kind of a setup for you will show you how to use central control, separate thermostats, and ductwork with dampers in order to do climate control for as many different types of spaces as you need. It’s quite ingenious in terms of ultimate comfort, and gives you great flexibility for personal preference from zone to zone.
Individual Room Space Heaters
If you’re in a cold climate but don’t want to spend you whole paycheck on heating bills, buying individual room space heaters and turning your main furnace down in the way to go. That way you can always have at least one comfy room to be in, using relatively inexpensive methods, and then the remained of the house can cool down to whatever temperature you deem necessary. After even a month of trying out this method, you’ll see the benefits.
Sealing Doors and Windows
And a lot of comfortable air is going to leak out the windows and doors if you don’t use proper materials and methods. Insulating strips or tape, masking tape, and even sheets of plastic can insulate rooms particularly well against both the cold and the heat, making climate control that much easier on a whole house level.
Using Drapes and Draft Blockers
Buying heavy drapes and using draft blockers will also help the heat transfer situation around the windows. You’d be surprised how much more comfortable a room can be in the winter by simply sticking some insulation between windows and adding nice thick fabric to go over the top, potentially on the inside and outside of the window.
And finally, to beat out dry, staticky, uncomfortable internal climate issues, buy the smallest humidifier that will work in a room and watch how much better you feel. Just be sure to keep the mist away from electrical outlets or anything that runs on electricity, because areas near a portable humidifier can get pretty wet pretty fast!