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Improving Living Comfort With the Right Window Frames

14 December 2023

Improving living comfort means being able to live every day in a home that safeguards the well-being of its occupants. Among the interventions aimed at greater living comfort, choosing the right windows and doors is certainly a priority: you are guaranteed thermal and acoustic insulation, good lighting, good air quality and greater well-being.

The home is undoubtedly the place where people can and should feel most comfortable, in a total environment of comfort and familiarity. The home is an intimate space, which holds the most important things; for this reason, it is very important that it is cosy, functional and made to measure for those who live in it.

Improving living comfort is not, therefore, a trivial matter; it is a need that arises from living in one’s home on a daily basis. Among the various actions that can be taken to increase living comfort, choosing the right windows and doors certainly means making the home more welcoming from several points of view.

 

What is meant by living comfort

 

Draughts, inadequate ventilation, annoying noises from outside, and poor lighting are some of the elements that can cause discomfort to the occupants of a home.
This feeling can be amplified if one does not feel safe inside one’s home or, trivially, if one’s home is not aesthetically pleasing.

Living comfort is the combination of all the elements that can reverse this feeling of discomfort just described, in order to create a continuous feeling of psychophysical well-being within the home.

The home is our refuge, the place where we want to return to feel good without any discomfort, which is why living comfort is so important. It is not only a psychological well-being, but also a physical one: by improving living comfort, one can also sleep and breathe better, and not suffer from unwanted changes in temperature.

 

The benefits of increased living comfort

 

Based on how living wellbeing is defined, there are two main advantages to the desire to improve it:

  • a ‘functional’ advantage: a home where we feel better physically and psychologically allows us to be more rested, calm and charged with energy. These feelings have a profound impact on performance at school, in sport and at work.
  • an economic advantage: intervening in one’s home to improve living comfort always goes hand in hand with the energy efficiency of the home itself. The cost of such upgrading is to be considered as a real investment, which will allow us to achieve energy savings over time (as well as a lower ecological impact).

 

From which points of view is it possible to improve living comfort?

 

In order to achieve the highest level of living comfort, the home must be designed in such a way as to consider certain fundamental elements.

 

Temperature and thermal comfort.

 

Living comfort derives above all from an appropriate temperature throughout the seasons, from a house that is warm in winter and cool in summer. Each room also needs its own temperature so that the occupants can benefit from it. An incorrect temperature leads to living discomfort in terms of stress and can also have negative effects on health.

 

Noise and acoustic comfort

 

Especially if you live in a large city, near a busy road, a station, an airport or on the edge of an industrial area, noise from outside can greatly influence people’s performance and psychological well-being. Therefore, increasing the perception of well-being in the home also means providing efficient noise barriers so that we can live in a quiet and peaceful environment.

 

Lighting and visual comfort

 

When the light in the home is either too strong or too weak, living comfort is anything but assured: people work worse, sleep worse, and even the psychological aspect can suffer. Adequate natural lighting during the day and well-calibrated artificial lighting at night is what contributes to creating a comfortable and pleasant environment in which to spend the day.

 

Air quality and humidity

 

For greater living comfort, it is important that the air you breathe in your home is fresh and clean. Sometimes it is not – due to the presence of noxious substances or toxic fumes from cleaning chemicals -, and CO2 concentration, so a proper ventilation system is necessary. Related to this is the humidity level in the home, which must be set at the right levels; air that is too dry can cause health problems, while air that is too humid leads to mould and condensation, as well as the proliferation of allergens.

 

These four main concepts have a huge impact on the perception of well-being in the home, and must therefore be well balanced to achieve a healthy and comfortable environment. Usually less considered but equally important are two other aspects:

  • Psychological comfort: it is essential to see one’s home as a nest in which to feel safe, with an aesthetic that makes one feel good.
  • Practicality and functionality: to increase living comfort, things in the home must function well and be able to be used effortlessly.

 

The right window frames improve living comfort

 

All the elements that have been listed above can be achieved through various interventions; but there is no doubt that windows, as the point of contact between inside and outside, play a key role.

Choosing the right windows and doors can improve living comfort from several points of view. They affect temperature, sound insulation, energy costs, ventilation, lighting and more. Aluminium is, in particular, the most suitable material for achieving the greatest possible living comfort. Thanks to its many advantages over other materials, such as PVC or wood1 , it enables tenants to live in a comfortable, healthy and pleasant environment at all times.

In a newly built house, it is essential to plan the installation of the right windows and doors so that an all-round sense of well-being is achieved right from the start. In older homes, even just replacing old fixtures with new ones contributes enormously to improving living comfort. The important thing is to choose the right windows and doors, made of aluminium to achieve the best possible performance and installed with an appropriate installation to maximise the result.

Let us take a detailed look at how windows and doors help to improve the perception of well-being in the home.

 

Thermal comfort

 

If a house is comfortable first and foremost when it maintains the ideal temperature, then windows and doors play a key role in maintaining living comfort. Adequate thermal insulation, in fact, avoids the formation of annoying draughts and thermal bridges, which cause the dispersion of heat in winter and fresh air in summer.

To choose a window or door in order to guarantee thermal comfort, it is important to consider the thermal transmittance value of the frame itself; the lower it is, the better the frame because it is able to block the passage of heat. In this sense, METRA Building proposes aluminium frames with thermal break3 ; the thermal break is a channel of insulating material that is inserted between the profiles of the frame, guaranteeing very high-performance thermal insulation.

The installation is equally important: the window must be well anchored to the masonry so that there is no danger of draughts and thermal bridges.

When buying a house or renovating, choosing thermal break aluminium windows and doors allows an ideal micro-climate to be maintained inside the house. For maximum living comfort, it should generally not exceed 26° C in summer and not fall below 20° C in winter.

 

Acoustic comfort

 

Sound insulation is the set of measures required to prevent noise from passing through a barrier. A room is acoustically isolated when surfaces – such as window frames – are able to control the propagation of sound waves.

Thermal comfort is also linked to acoustic comfort. Why? Because the elements that ensure adequate thermal insulation – thermal break, correct installation, the right choice of glazing – inevitably also lead to the best acoustic insulation4 .

For a house exposed to an average level of noise pollution, thermal break aluminium windows with double glazing, with a soundproofing power of around 32 decibels, are more than sufficient to guarantee acoustic comfort. In more extreme cases, where life in the home is compromised by loud daytime and night-time noise, it may be useful to choose sound-insulating glass that protects against noise up to 44 decibels – in addition to taking other measures, such as soundproofing the walls.

Thanks to HES technology, METRA Building aluminium windows and doors provide not only the most effective thermal insulation, but also excellent soundproofing that contributes to the reduction of noise from outside.

 

Brightness

 

A house with high living comfort is also a house where brightness is adapted to the different rooms and times of day, so that tenants can live better, have more energy and be more relaxed. It is also important to use as much natural light as possible: besides saving energy, it also has a positive effect on people’s psychophysical health.

In this sense, living comfort can be improved with the right window and door. To allow natural light to enter the home more easily, we recommend the installation of aluminium window frames. This material is, in fact, very light and resistant; these characteristics allow it to be used in the construction of very thin profiles for the window frame. Thin profiles equate to a greater glass surface area and, therefore, to greater solar radiation: aluminium windows and doors guarantee a significant percentage of more light entering than PVC or wooden windows. Thanks to its natural properties, the aluminium of METRA Building windows and doors is also suitable for the construction of large windows and balcony doors, through which light enters more easily; aluminium is able to support large glazed surfaces.

At the same time, it is important to screen the passage of light during the night hours, especially if the bedroom window faces a lit street. In this case, shading systems come into play. METRA Building offers aluminium shutters and blinds that not only take advantage of the special characteristics of this material, but also provide excellent light shielding. The same can be said for aluminium sunshades, which are ideal for filtering the passage of sunlight in warmer seasons.

 

Air quality and humidity

 

The main problem of an old and worn window frame is that it encourages heat loss and the formation of humidity, with the potential for mould and fungus. To avoid this problem, it is important to replace old windows and doors with new ones, possibly in aluminium with thermal break, which provide adequate protection against air passages, water infiltration, condensation and moisture formation.

It is also important that the air quality in the home always remains at an optimal level. In this respect, simply opening the windows in the morning and evening can be sufficient. This requires windows and balcony doors that are easy to open and close; or, one can opt for special openings such as bottom-hung, ideal precisely for a discreet but effective air exchange. Finally, it must also be said that some of the latest generation of windows and doors are already equipped with micro-ventilation systems suitable precisely for this purpose.ù

 

Psychological comfort

 

Improving living comfort also involves psychological comfort, i.e. the awareness of having done everything possible to live peacefully and carefree in one’s own home.

Psychological comfort can be achieved from various points of view:

  • security: in our home, we want to feel safe from the possible interventions of burglars and intruders. Window frames, as well as appropriate entrance doors, are naturally a valuable security ally. Aluminium windows are the best choice, as this material is very resistant and difficult to tamper with; METRA Building aluminium windows and doors are equipped with the most modern burglar-proof systems.
  • savings and ecology: a strong positive feeling arises every time we realise that we are living in an environmentally friendly house and that, as a result, we are also saving a lot on electricity costs. Aluminium windows and doors are made of a material that is first and foremost of natural origin and 100% recyclable. In addition, its properties make it particularly suitable for comfort in terms of energy efficiency: the thermal break saves on heating and air conditioning costs, the slim profiles and large glazed surfaces on lighting costs.
  • aesthetics: a house can be warm or cool when needed, well-lit and acoustically insulated, with excellent air quality… but we will never live comfortably inside it if it is a house that we do not like aesthetically. Living comfort, therefore, also originates from the awareness of living in a place that fully reflects our personality. The choice of aluminium for windows and doors contributes to this aspect in the very wide range of colours and finishes that this material allows, adapting to every style requirement.

 

Practicality and functionality

 

Finally, improving living comfort means living in one’s home effortlessly on a daily basis. A house can indeed be extremely comfortable, but it will never make us feel perfectly comfortable if we have to spend hours every day to keep it that way. From the point of view of windows and doors, it is again advisable to choose aluminium: by far one of the most practical and functional materials in existence. First of all, it lends itself particularly well to a minimalist and ‘clean’ lifestyle, where less is more. Moreover, it is a material that is really easy and quick to clean; it does not require any ordinary or extraordinary maintenance, because it is very resistant to weather and atmospheric agents.

For more practicality and space management, it might be interesting to choose sliding windows and doors, whose opening system does not cause clutter in the room.

 

In what other ways is it possible to improve living comfort?

 

As we have seen, the choice of the best performing windows and doors is what contributes most to improving the living comfort of one’s home; once the latest generation of aluminium windows and doors have been installed, most of the problems and inconveniences of living will be solved. However, it is important to consider other aspects to complete the work and obtain a truly comfortable home, in which living is a real pleasure every day.

 

Insulate the house with adequate insulation

 

Equipping the walls and roof of the house with thermal coating is one of the best choices one can make to ensure adequate room insulation. The coating is achieved by applying panels of insulating material, which help maintain a proper micro-climate and minimise heat loss.

 

Choosing the Right Glass for Window Frames

 

In addition to the window and door material, the choice of glass plays an important role in increasing the thermal and acoustic insulation of the home, thus contributing to greater living comfort. Insulating glass filled with insulating gases, low-emissivity glass and sound-insulating glass maximise the performance of the window frame and the extraordinary benefits offered by aluminium. The combination of thermal insulation, window frames and glass provides perfect protection for the house, which will thus always remain warm in winter and cool in summer.

 

Installing a controlled mechanical ventilation system

 

Controlled Mechanical Ventilation (CMV) is a system that allows for constant air exchange, also controlling humidity levels in rooms and filtering the air to purify it of pollutants. All this translates into greater living comfort in terms of air quality, optimal humidity levels and a continuous positive feeling of healthiness.

 

Equipping oneself with the most efficient shading systems

 

The shutters, blinds and sunscreens offered by METRA Building provide the best solar shading, which limits overheating in warmer seasons. This, of course, contributes to maintaining the correct temperature in the home. By modulating solar radiation, these elements can reduce the use of air conditioning systems by up to 70%.

But shading systems also serve to protect the home from the weather and pollution, as well as from intruders. All this contributes to living comfort in terms of psychological peace of mind and maintaining optimal humidity levels.

 

Improving living comfort with small daily actions

 

Beyond interventions of a certain magnitude in terms of cost and workmanship, there are small activities that require very little time but which, if carried out on a daily basis, can really have a big influence on living comfort.

  1. Let natural light in: it has been seen that natural light, compared to artificial light bulbs, contributes to a better quality of experience. It is therefore important to open curtains, blinds and shutters to allow sunlight into rooms, improving mood and reducing costs.
  2. Take care of artificial lighting: when night falls, artificial lighting must be studied very carefully. Soft light spots can be created for certain rooms, while stronger lighting, perhaps modulated, should be chosen so that people can study, read, work and cook without stressing their eyes.
  3. Ventilate the rooms: in the absence of an adequate ventilation system, even just opening doors and windows for a few minutes every day ensures optimal air circulation. This reduces humidity and improves indoor air quality. If you do not want to open windows completely, you can choose types of openings that are more suitable for ventilation, such as bottom-hung. In summer, opening doors and windows in the evening allows natural passive cooling, which can bring the house back to the right temperature levels quickly and at no cost.
  4. Reduce the use of chemicals: for healthy, breathable air in the home, it is even more important to reduce the presence of invisible but potentially harmful chemical particles released by commonly used cleaning products. It is better to opt for detergents of natural origin.
  5. Choose plants as your main method of decoration: besides improving the mood, a good amount of greenery in the home balances the humidity level and purifies the air.
  6. Go for the latest generation of household appliances: not only does this reduce energy costs and make life easier, resulting in psychological wellbeing; it also means that appliances are quieter and therefore less annoying.

 

Improving living comfort with METRA Building aluminium frames

 

With their extreme functional and aesthetic importance, windows are a simply essential element in improving living comfort and living in a home where one can really feel good physically and psychologically.

METRA Building is pleased to contribute to such living comfort for its customers with a wide range of windows and doors (but also shading systems, entrance doors and other elements) made of aluminium. What is guaranteed is maximum performance in terms of thermal insulation, sound insulation, lighting, solar shading, air quality, security and aesthetics.

Minimising discomfort from incorrect temperature, incorrect humidity levels and excessive noise from outside is possible. All this is aided by strong, lightweight windows and doors that can be customised to suit your needs and are good for the planet.