If you are having trouble sleeping, did you know that adjusting a number of the settings in your home via your HVAC can actually improve the quality of your sleep?
And as you likely already know, good sleep is essential to your health and happiness. We’ve assembled our best tips and tricks to get your air conditioning system working properly for you to promote good sleep habits.
Turn the Fans on
It is a good idea to leave your ceiling fans on year-round because it helps with your energy efficiency. Saving money on your energy bills should ease your mind right off the bat.
It can also help you fall asleep and stay asleep too. That lovely breeze from the fan is soothing and can lull you nicely into a deep sleep. Fresh, circulating air is good, and you can give your air conditioning a break.
Set the Thermostat Accordingly
When you approach sleep, your body temperature falls. You need the temperature of the room that you are sleeping in to do the same thing. Ideally, your room temperature should fall to 60Fº-67Fº at night.
Make this a seamless operation by putting in a programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one. You can set the temperature to fall automatically every night just before bedtime.
It will signal your body that it is time to go to sleep. If it is more convenient, think about putting in zone heating, which will let you control each room individually. This can be helpful if you work shift work and the family wants to use the rest of the home, or if you prefer the rest of your home generally to be warmer.
Set the Humidity to the Right Level
It is essential that you’ve got the right balance of humidity in your home in order to get good quality sleep. If it is too low, your skin will get very dry and itchy, which will wake you up.
If it is too high, you will be uncomfortable and clammy. You won’t be able to relax, and you may not be able to breathe well.
Also, high humidity encourages the growth of mold spores and other allergens, which could trigger respiratory problems, which will interrupt your sleep.
Eliminate this problem by installing a whole-home humidifier. Set it to between 50-60 percent. In our busy lives here in, Plainfield, IL, it can be hard to fall asleep.
In addition to following the advice above, try dimming the lights, avoiding big meals close to bed and switching off electronics before bed. It can be helpful to read or to listen to soothing music too.