Meaning of Comfort

What is Comfort:

Comfort is the physical or material well-being provided by certain conditions, circumstances or objects.

The word comfort, as such, passed from French to Spanish in the 19th century, coming from English comfort, with the sense of "material comfort or well-being".

Comfort can be offered thanks to an object (a mattress, a chair, a car), or by an environmental circumstance such as the right temperature, a certain level of silence or a feeling of security.

There are certain standards of comfort that we try to have in our home, our work environment and in other spaces that we frequent.

In our home, for example, conditioning the spaces we use daily based on the activities we carry out in them helps us to have a better quality of life.

The word comfort should not be confused with the verb to comfort, which means "to give encouragement or comfort to someone", nor with comfortable, which refers to "that which comforts or encourages".

See also Comfortable.

Hygrothermal comfort

Hygrothermal comfort is called the well-being we feel at a thermal level when we are comfortable in a room. This occurs when the body's thermoregulatory mechanisms do not have to intervene to warm or cool us, in order to protect our vital functions.

Hygrothermal comfort is a fundamental parameter to define the living conditions of a space, which is responsible for the bioclimatic architecture.

Acoustic comfort

Acoustic comfort is that in which the noises caused by human activities are not annoying or harmful to rest, communication or people's health. As such, acoustic comfort is a term related to that of noise pollution.

Visual comfort

We speak of visual comfort in reference to the ideal levels of natural or artificial lighting that are necessary for different human activities: productive, professional, leisure, pleasure, or rest, etc. As such, to achieve visual comfort it is necessary that there be a correct design of the lighting system of the space. Visual comfort translates into the psychophysiological well-being of the person.

Comfort zone

In psychology and coaching, the comfort zone refers to a mental zone in which we feel satisfied with our situation and consider our needs covered, which is why we avoid running risks or facing unknown situations that could generate pressure or stress.

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