How can you feel
Comfort is so crucial
Years of public debate have made us all keenly aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a result, we all understand that we should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables... reduce our alcohol intake… stop smoking… exercise regularly...
But what about our sense of comfort in the buildings and enclosed spaces that we spend 90% of our daily lives in?
The impact of a healthy home and working environment on our overall wellbeing is a much newer concept – but it’s equally important.
Easy ways to improve your everyday comfort
The MULTICOMFORT design concept is all about building and renovating our homes, offices, hospitals and schools in a way that results in greater levels of comfort, health and wellbeing.
But even if we’re not undertaking a major construction or renovation project, there are many small steps we can all take every day to improve our environment, our health and our overall sense of wellbeing.
We’ve included a quick round-up of top tips and shared ideas for you here.
Here are some hints, tips & small steps we can all benefit from:
INDOOR AIR COMFORT
Avoid cold walls and windows
Consider thick curtains, wall hangings and carpets. On single-glazed windows, you could add a transparent window film to reduce heat loss.THERMAL
‘Green’ your living/working space
Plant life has a huge positive effect on focus, wellbeing and energy levels. Peppermint is easy to grow, reduces stress, and is linked with improved mental performance and alertness.INDOOR AIR
Sound proof your space
If you have noisy neighbors on one side of your office or home space, put furniture or a big bookshelf (preferably full of books) against that wall.ACOUSTIC
Switch off your electronics
Computers, game systems, TVs and audio equipment all make noise when they’re not in use – whether it’s a spinning fan or that high-pitched, barely audible buzz of standby mode.ACOUSTIC
Welcome natural light into your life
Natural light improves productivity and focus, strengthens the immune system and, for many people, provides a heightened and improved sense of alertness and energy.VISUAL
Stop draughts at the source
Draughts can often be found around windows or under external doors. Simple draught-proofing measures can really help. But don’t block your ventilation.THERMAL
Reach for the earplugs
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most eective. If night-time noise keeps you awake, earplugs could be all you need (just remember to set your alarm loud enough).ACOUSTIC
Keep your room cool to sleep better
A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with sleep quality. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 18°C) with adequate ventilation.THERMAL
Use natural air fresheners
Commercial air fresheners can contain harmful pollutants. Rather than spraying chemicals to freshen your home, consider natural alternatives – such as essential oil diffusers.INDOOR AIR
Sleep better with more daytime light exposure
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone, controlled by exposure to daylight, that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Get more light during the day to sleep better at night.VISUAL
Keep your home dry
Control relative humidity levels at under 60%, using dehumidifiers if necessary. Open a window when you take a shower or bath or while you have clothes on a drying rack.INDOOR AIR