The temperature and indoor air quality of the apartment

During cold weather, the temperature and indoor air quality of the apartment can be a concern. With the guidance provided in this article, you will know how to influence the temperature and indoor air quality in your home. Additionally, you will know when it is advisable to contact maintenance.

Buildings’ indoor air quality is affected by many different factors. The most important factors are structures that are in good condition, and functioning ventilation as well as heating equipment. In addition, smoking, pets and dusty materials can cause various health and comfort disadvantages. Regular cleaning also improves indoor air quality.

Suitable room temperature

The right temperature is a requirement for human health and comfort, as well as good work efficiency. There are individual differences in experiencing the temperature, but the amount of satisfied people is at its highest when the room temperature is 20–22°C. Everyone can affect their own thermal comfort by dressing. The suitable air humidity during the heating season is 25–45 %.

According to research, warm air is dry and can therefore cause irritation to the eyes, throat and nose. On the other hand, temperatures that are too low can produce a feeling of draft. (Sisä

In Kuopas, most of our properties have temperature sensors that allow us to monitor the temperature of the apartments. The temperature sensors are white boxes on the walls of the apartment. If a temperature sensor comes off the wall or gets damaged in any way, please always file a fault report immediately. Do not touch or move the sensors yourself.

Room air temperature monitoring

  • The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has set the guideline value for room air temperature during the heating season to 21°C.
  • A gurgling sound in the radiator indicates that the radiator needs to be vented. Fill in a fault report on our website.
  • If only the upper part of the radiator is warm, the radiator valve is working correctly. If you feel the pipes connected to the radiator with your hands, you will feel even a small temperature difference. In this case, the water flows in the radiators.
  • Do not cover the radiator thermostat or the radiator with furniture, curtains, etc. Otherwise, the thermostat will not recognize the real room temperature and adjust the valve correctly. Thermostat’s upper limit value of 22°C must not be exceeded.
  • Lower the radiator’s temperature if it is hot. Do not vent the heat out. Fill in a fault report if the battery adjustment is not successful.
  • When you ventilate, do it quickly. Do not leave the window open during the day. The continuously running ventilation takes care of sufficient air exchange when the supply of replacement air is arranged through the fresh air valve or by removing the seal from the upper part of the window.

With these measures, you can monitor and improve the quality of your indoor air and apartment’s temperature. More information from home maintenance you can find here: Cleaning and home maintenance.

If, after taking these measures, your apartment’s temperature remains low or the indoor air quality is poor, please always file a fault report here.