Where in the world are you and what’s the climate like? How do you stay comfortable in the summer and the winter?
I’m living in West Coast at the moment and it becomes pretty hot during the summer so we got ourselves a fan. And during winter when the humidity is low and the air is cold, we stays inside and got a humidifier.
Greetings from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), also fondly known as “Raincouver”
The climate here is pretty mild. Just a few months of cold in the winter, and a month or so of hot in the summer. Over the winter holidays, I rarely left my house, but I remember going outside when it was -11 degrees and feeling that it was was too cold for me
I remember going on a trip to Toronto during the winter and getting a real wake-up call as to what “cold” really means I stayed at an Air BnB and overnight, it snowed so much that we had to dig ourselves out of the long driveway with nothing but pans and muffin trays to make it to our flight home.
My ways of coping in the cold winter months involve: staying home, turning on my heater, wearing more clothes.
Toronto It’s very dry in winter and at some point I used a tabletop humidifier - since I noticed my eyes and throat were very dry. I stopped using it though after I read that it produces particles that are harmful for you. So I just got some eye drops instead.
Summer is simple - AC seems to be doing its thing just fine.
Climate Zone 7 (for building purposes)
Climate Zone 3 (for planting purposes)
**Also known as a Humid Continental Climate
Our Outdoor Summer Design Temperature is +30°C
Our Outdoor Winter Design Temperature is -30°C
Indoor Design Temp 21-23°C
Indoor Relative Humidity dictated heavily by Outdoor conditions. Winter indoor Humidity varies but the average Winnipeg home will be sitting between 15% and 35%RH. Summer time indoor humidity ranges between 40% and 70%RH. Some homes can do better at managing this (mostly new builds) but the vast majority of the City is way too dry in the Winter and much too humid in the Summer
What is “Design temp” referring to? Does it change as the house gets older?
I personally struggle with this type of climate (hot and humid) Thankfully, Vancouver is only hot and humid for a few weeks in the summer typically. Any tips on how to feel less sticky when spending time outside? haha
The design temp refers to the average Max and average Min Outdoor temperatures your area experiences. The builder, designer, and HVAC load calcs all use these Design temperatures in their equations
Thank you for the explanation!
Kingston, Ontario! Cold in the winter (my kids love building snowmen haha) and hot in the summer. An air conditioner is a must for my family
Wow! I didn’t know there was such a definite way of labeling “climate”!
I finally landed in Vancouver everyone! I’ll let you know how things compare with Toronto air quality-wise