If you spend enough time with the over-65 crowd, you will find they like the thermostat set a bit warmer than most. If you are over 65, you are probably looking for a sweater when younger folk set the temperature just a bit lower than you prefer. There is much more than meets the eye, here. It is not as simple as “old people feel the cold” as there is some medical science behind how our bodies sense our surroundings. The best article I have read is reproduced below. The author is Andrea Gallagher, from Senior Concerns in California. She writes: “As we sailed into the second hour of our meeting and the early-morning coolness gave way
This is the beautiful time of year – cool mornings and temperate afternoons that only sometimes require us to run the air conditioners. Even so, Mother Nature can sometimes use a bit of help when it comes to keeping the home cool. Open the Windows My home has a total of 31 windows and glass doors. I am told that is a lot – certainly it is the case when it comes to keeping windows clean and the home secure. The great advantage is, I can open up and let the air blow circulate through nearly every room. There are, however, a few hot spots. When the afternoon warms up and be breeze dies, they
Many consider November and April to be the two nicest months in South Florida. Temperatures are mild, often accompanied by a gentle breeze. But change means rain and humidity. At lower outdoor temperatures, indoor humidity control is a challenge. Home comfort systems are designed for the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The in-between times of spring and fall are problematic. The air conditioner that removes humidity does not run in cool weather. At times, it is more comfortable outdoors than in. Here are a few solutions: Open the windows Open windows are the ultimate free solution. Ventilation is a great way to freshen up your home. Closed homes tend to concentrate pollutants (cleaning products, pet odors, and the like).
There is a second storm that comes some days after the winds have quieted and the waters receded. It approaches quietly, and you will hear little about it on the evening newscast. Yet the damage can affect health and property as certainly as any other tropical phenomenon. It’s name is not Homer, Irma, or Jose – it is called “indoor air quality.” Water Leaks Few homes are 100% water-tight in the face of the high winds that force water through even the smallest crevice. Most building materials (wood, concrete, stucco) are permeable and will allow minute amounts of water to penetrate. How much water is not the issue – biological growth requires only a thin