HVAC Systems and Sleeping

November 2018

One of the best things you can do for your health is to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep! Nothing is worse than tossing and turning or waking up the next morning and NOT feeling like you’re refreshed. The good news is that your HVAC system might be able to help!

Here are some tips you can use to play with your HVAC system at night to create ideal sleeping conditions and an environment that leaves you feeling both refreshed and well-rested in the morning.

Let’s jump right in!

Cool it down

When your body gets ready to go to sleep, your body temperature drops. This allows you to relax. When your bedroom is cool – you’ll actually get more out of that process. In fact, The National Sleep Foundation says the ideal temperature to sleep in is about 67 degrees.

In the winter, this should be difficult at all – but in the summer – you might need to call in some reinforcements and gather up some fans to help get the temperature down. Either way – the temperature can make a big difference in how you sleep.

Humidity

When there’s too much humidity in a room, the air gets muggy and sometimes will feel too thick. Even worse- muggy rooms tend to act as bug magnets, too. On the other hand – if a room is too dry, you’ll be more prone to snoring and irritating your respiratory system – which isn’t a good thing. That’s why it’s important to try to get the humidity just right.

When playing around with your humidity – you’ll want it to be at about 40 to 50%. If you’re way off, you can use a standalone humidifier or even a dehumidifier to help manipulate the levels. You can measure this by purchasing a hygrometer or if you want a cool DIY tip – use the old glass of water method. Simply take a glass and place four ice cubes in it and then leave it alone for a solid 3-4 minutes. Don’t walk through the room until that time is up. If you come back and there are water droplets on the outside of the glass – then your humidity is fine. If you walk back in and it’s mostly dry on the outside, then you might want to get a humidifier.

Easy, breezey

Fans are great at night because they can keep you cool and keep fresh air circulating throughout your space. In addition – the white noise they create can actually be beneficial towards helping you sleep more deeply. White noise not only helps you fall asleep, it helps you stay asleep all while keeping you cool.

Check your filters

Air quality has as much to do with getting a good night of sleep as any of the other things we mentioned. In fact – study after study has shown that poor air quality can not only have an adverse effect on the quality of your sleep – but in some cases can actually prevent you from sleeping. So make sure your system is getting it’s routine maintenance checks and that your air filters are cleaned on a consistent basis. It can make a big difference?

If you want to learn more about how you can make your home more comfortable at night, give us a call and we’ll be sure to schedule a free consultation. Good luck!

 

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