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Comfort

Comfort is a complex notion. It refers to both a feeling of satisfaction and peace of mind, and to all of the material and environmental conditions that contribute to this state. It's therefore a subjective notion made up of various factors and can be perceived differently depending on the place, the people and the situation.

How can we define the notion of comfort?

If we define comfort as a physical and mental sense of well-being, as well as the overall environment that fosters this feeling, comfort is a multidimensional concept. Rather than being an absolute notion, comfort is a combination of material, physiological and psychological elements.
Comfort is also linked to development and quality of life. While some people define material comfort as having material goods (financial resources, a car, a phone, various manufactured products), others are satisfied with access to drinking water and healthcare. The idea of comfort is therefore closely linked to context.
Similarly, we say that domestic comfort is achieved when the conditions for ensuring the well-being of the occupants of a space have been met. Although it's impossible to accurately define these conditions, since they vary from person to person, we can use norms or minimum and maximum thresholds for each element and eliminate the disturbances from the immediate surroundings of a home.

The key components of comfort

So what factors need to be controlled to ensure a good level of comfort? Below are the most common tips and pieces of advice on achieving a good quality of life.
  • Good health
Access to medical care is essential, not only for treatment in case of illness or a health problem but also for peace of mind about the future. For example, good health insurance guarantees access to healthcare. Aside from the purely medical aspect, this category might also contain factors such as how often someone visits the gym to keep fit or if there are stores offering healthier organic products in their local area.
  • Material comfort
A certain amount of financial security is necessary to achieve a certain standard of living. Aside from basic necessities, this variable affects access to a range of products for improving your comfort and taking care of yourself, your home, your car and your surroundings in general. If you have a healthy bank balance and a payment card you can enjoy yourself regularly, whether it's going to an exhibition, booking yourself a massage or body care treatment, going on holiday, treating yourself by going shopping, etc. Although this is a commercial and material outlook on comfort, many people view it as important. Discover all our products

The variables of domestic comfort

Assessing the level of domestic comfort involves the five senses, as well as factors that are not visible to the naked eye (pollution) or immaterial (a feeling of safety).
  • Thermal comfort
We feel good at home when the temperature is pleasant and adjusted to what we're doing and the outside temperature. Although the optimal temperature is considered to be around 21°C, to make savings we tend to prefer a temperature of just 18°C in winter, which is perfectly adequate. However, this can vary depending on the room: although 16 degrees is sufficient in the bedroom, the temperature should be higher in a baby's room and in rooms where there's running water such as the bathroom.
  • Visual comfort
Lighting also needs to be carefully controlled so that each space is sufficiently lit without being too bright. It's even better if it has a dimmer to change the level of light depending on the activity. Ideally, a presence sensor can even switch on the lighting: this is practical for people with reduced mobility or even if you just have your hands full.
  • Ambient humidity
Ambient humidity, another decisive factor in the domestic environment, can alter the perception of temperature. To ensure optimal comfort it's recommended to maintain relative humidity at between 40% and 60%. Any higher and the moisture prevents the body from cooling down during the summer. Excess water in the air also has health consequences and can cause respiratory problems such as asthma. Special care needs to be taken here, particularly if there is a baby or children in the home.
  • Acoustic comfort
It's also important to take sound exposure in the home into account. Decibel levels affect our perceived stress, level of attention and quality of sleep, whether we're an adult or an infant. Good sound insulation is therefore essential, at least in the bedroom to deaden outside noise (traffic, passers-by, trains, etc.), as well as in each area where you want peace and quiet.
  • A feeling of safety
A feeling of safety, which is another decisive factor, is key to our comfort. It's advisable to improve the security of your home (alarms, surveillance cameras, reinforced door, etc.) to prevent yourself being targeted by burglars or assailants. Taking out insurance that provides good coverage against theft is also an excellent way to feel secure. Remember to consider dangers posed by your indoor environment (fire, poisoning by gas, etc.) and protect yourself against them with suitable safety devices (smoke alarms, CO2 sensor, etc.). If you require further information about these security issues, don't hesitate to contact a company specialising in prevention products or your insurance provider, which will be able to advise you.
  • Respiratory comfort
A good environment is also determined by the air quality we breathe in it. You should therefore make sure you regularly ventilate each area of your home to dilute potential pollutants (VOCs, fine particles, carbon monoxide, etc.) and properly maintain your heating system by having it regularly serviced.
  • Effort-free comfort
Lastly, a feeling of well-being should be natural and not make you feel that it required a very demanding effort, otherwise it can cause stress. It's highly recommended to use smart systems or home automation to automate tiresome everyday chores (adjusting the heating, activating the alarm, checking the air quality in a room, etc.). Many products are available on the web and in specialised stores for taking care of yourself without any hassle and making your everyday life easier.

How to create a high level of comfort for a home's occupants

A smart home ensures your comfort the way you like it. The Internet of Things can improve every aspect of your daily life and help you feel more comfortable at home. From managing the temperature in every room using a thermostat and controlling the humidity in a baby's room or the CO2 level in the dining room, to making sure your possessions and the people in your home are safe with a surveillance camera or smoke alarm, there are many important things you can do to take care of a home's occupants.
New technologies and the internet are the best ways to manage all this without having to over-think things or stressing out, whether it's on your phone, in your car, at the office and even when you're on holiday. It's also believed that "control comfort" is important in establishing a sense of well-being and that the ability to affect external conditions provides peace of mind.

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