Expert Tips for Adjusting Your HVAC for Better Sleep at Night
There are really few more important things for your health than getting a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis. Without good sleep, you get run down and are more likely to get sick, feel overwhelmed and keep your life generally in balance.
You can adopt good sleep habits, like avoiding eating big meals late at night and using computers, TVs or mobile devices too close to bedtime. It can also be helpful to make sure that your home has the proper air quality to support a good night’s sleep.
Here are some tips and tricks to get your cooling system to create that coveted perfect sleep environment in your Anoka, MN home.
Keep the Humidity at a Good Level
You generally wouldn’t notice the humidity levels in your home unless they are out of balance. And when they are out of balance, they can negatively impact the quality of your sleep.
When the humidity is too high, you may be uncomfortable; high humidity also promotes the growth of allergens and mold, which can trigger respiratory illness and exacerbate asthma, which will make it harder to sleep.
On the flipside, if there isn’t enough humidity, your skin may become especially dry, which means that you might get very itchy.
This will keep you awake as well. Consider putting in a whole home humidifier to keep the humidity in check, preferably between 50-60 percent.
Run Your Ceiling Fans
Instead of cranking down your air conditioning to stay cool while you sleep this spring and summer, keep the ceiling fan going.
This will give your system a break and save you money on your energy bills (which is a recipe for sweet dreams right there).
Additionally, that breeze on your face will soothe you, keep you cool and let you sleep soundly.
Regulate the Temperature
You need the temperature in your sleeping space to be fairly cool; when you go to sleep, your body temperature falls accordingly. Ideally, you should strive to set your thermostat between 60Fº and 67Fº.
If you think that is too cool, throw an extra blanket on your bed. You still need to air to be cool.
Make life easier by installing a programmable thermostat or zone heating to automate your home’s temperature so that it is supportive of good sleep. Can’t sleep? Don’t lay awake counting sheep. Instead, try adjusting your HVAC settings for ideal sleep.