This post first appeared on the Green Building Advisor website.
How do you define comfort inside your home? Thermal comfort is the big one, not being too hot or too cold. Thermal comfort is one of the most important questions I ask during building investigations and energy audits. Having the right indoor humidity is another, not too damp and not too dry, which can affect not only comfort, but also human health and the durability of the structure. How about the visual aspect of comfort, it’s always nice to be in a room that “feels good” simply because of the way it was designed or how it is furnished. This discussion on comfort though is going to be on sound, the noises you experience inside the home and how noise pollution can affect comfort.