Does Wood Have Health Benefits?
Wood, being a natural material and by its own composition and origin brings benefits to mental and physical health. The wood provides well-being, for its aesthetic appearance, its pleasant touch, its low thermal conductivity and its ability to regulate the humidity that makes indoor climates more pleasant, increasing comfort.
We all want to feel comfortable in our environment and therefore the heating, ventilation, lighting, etc. systems have evolved in search of this comfort and well-being. But is comfort a subjective feeling? Or can you feel and describe objectively? Scientists have developed measurement methods to assess people’s comfort. One of the most important criteria in this measurement is thermal conductivity, objects with cold surfaces are perceived as unpleasant, reducing the feeling of comfort. Therefore, since the wood has a low thermal conductivity, it can be said that it is the best material to have an environment that offers comfort and well-being.
Currently wood is the protagonist in the rehabilitation of buildings since it meets aesthetic expectations, weight and resistance and of course a good price-result ratio. Its possibilities are endless with good treatment and design and can be used as building siding, structural use, roofs, furniture, floors, doors, windows, etc … the only limitations are the imagination.
But why does wood create a pleasant environment?
Wood is a hygroscopic material, so it has the ability to regulate the amount of moisture. This is a very important factor since it helps the respiratory tract and reduces the risk of irritation of the mucous membranes. In addition, the pathogens and germs multiply more in areas with high humidity, so that an environment with wood regulates the humidity reducing the presence of these microbes.
Wood has a significantly lower thermal conductivity than those of other materials. In this way, for example, in the case of windows, the risk of thermal bridges and the condensation that can occur in other materials is effectively solved. In short, wood is a natural regulator of relative air humidity, controls acoustic reverberations and keeps condensation at minimum levels.