How to Utilize Your HVAC System to Get the Best Sleep
Sleep is essential to clear thinking, positive feelings, and overall health. If you are waking up in the middle of the night or having trouble falling asleep, there are ways your HVAC system can help.
These simple changes can improve your sleep and help you to wake up in the morning ready to take on the day:
Keep it Cool
Did you know that when your body is preparing for sleep, your internal temperature drops? This is especially true if your bedroom is naturally cool. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for optimal sleep is 60-67 degrees.
This may seem like a no-brainer during the fall and winter. Keep your thermostat turned down to prevent your heater from turning on at night. The difficult part happens during the long, hot nights of summer. Your first instinct may be to run your A/C all night, but you have to fight it! Instead, you may want to consider a zone-controlled air conditioning system. This type of system allows homeowners to set the temperature in individual rooms. You could turn down the temperature in just your bedroom without cooling the entire house. This would allow for a better night’s sleep at a fraction of the energy cost.
Keep it Balanced
Finding a balance for indoor humidity can be difficult. If it’s too high, the air will feel thick and muggy. This will make breathing more difficult, which will make relaxing and falling asleep more difficult.
But, the same is true if the room is not humid enough. If it’s too dry, your throat and nasal passages can become irritated while you sleep. This may not prevent you from falling asleep, but it will make it much less pleasant to wake up in the morning.
If humidity is an issue, consider investing in a digital hygrometer, which measures the humidity levels in your bedroom. The ideal level is 40 to 50 percent. If you need to move the levels, use a small, standalone humidifier or dehumidifier to push the number in the right direction.
Keep it Fresh
Fans offer a range of benefits for your bedtime routine. Ceiling fans will keep your skin cool throughout the night. This will keep your sleeping body at ease and help to close the gap on reaching the ideal sleep temperature range. Fans also circulate air, keeping it fresh and making it easier to breathe while you sleep.
Do you want to learn more about how zone cooling, fans and humidity controls can make your home more comfortable for a restful night’s sleep? Call us at 866-830-5444 or contact us through our website with any questions!