More than just temperature to indoor climate
Now that we spend up to 90 percent of our time inside, two-thirds of it in our own homes, a good indoor climate has a major impact on our comfort and health.
There’s more to indoor climate than just temperature, although it is of course important that we stay comfortable whatever the weather and season. The level of humidity, for example, can lead to respiratory problems if it’s too high, or disturb our sleep and cause skin problems if it’s too low 1. Light levels are important, too. Exposure to daylight helps people to feel energised and is seen as one of the most desirable features in a workplace 2.
Noise can make us ill
And while we may not immediately associate it with health, the acoustics we experience indoors have the power to make us ill – or help keep us well. Unwanted noise is one of the leading causes of stress at home. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, and disturb your sleep. In fact, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), 10,000 deaths in Europe 3 every year can be attributed to noise.
Although 80 million Europeans live in homes with a poor indoor climate 4, the technology needed for change is available today. With the right type of insulation, interiors can be kept at comfortable levels of temperature and humidity, while minimising unwanted noise – and with the added advantage of much lower energy bills.
By providing both thermal and acoustic comfort and helping create spacious, light-filled rooms, ROCKWOOL ceiling and insulation solutions help us to be healthier, happier and more productive indoors.