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3 Tweaks to Your HVAC System That Will Impact Your Sleep

As most of us know, sleep is one of the most important things for the body. Sleep allows you to rest, recover, and relax after a long day at the office or running errands. It is especially important to make sure that you are comfortable while you’re asleep so you do not wake up feeling groggy and still exhausted from the day before. Here at Lee’s, we know a few tricks that you can use to adjust your HVAC system at night to ensure you get a good night’s rest!

Sleeping with a temperature that isn’t too hot, or isn’t too cold, is an easy way to increase the chance of getting the best sleep at night. However, consider researching and experimenting with different humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and fans to see what works the best for your health and your family! Here are a few tricks to tweak your HVAC system at night time!

1. Set the thermostat lower

In order to allow your body to relax, your body temperature naturally drops. Dropping your thermostat a few degrees, as well as your body temperature, will allow your body to become more relaxed as you begin to settle down. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that you set your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit to allow optimal sleep conditions. Keeping your thermostat within this range is easy to do during the winter months and can even save you money on heating costs. However, this may be more difficult (and costly) to do in the summer months. To help keep cool during the hot summers, use your fan at a higher setting to ensure this temperature is still being reached without overworking your AC system. Consider investing in a zone-control system that allows you to set individual temperatures for different rooms within your household.

 

2. Watch for humidity

High levels of humidity make the air feel thick and dense, which may make it more difficult to breathe for some. Not being able to breathe efficiently typically does not allow the body to get into the proper relaxation mode. Another negative thing about humidity is that it can attract pesky insects and possibly lead to the growth of mold, due to the thick and muggy air. However, on the other hand, a dry room can lead to dry and cracked nasal passages and throats. By opting to use a humidifier or a dehumidifier, you can be sure that you are reaching the perfect level of humidity that will prevent difficult breathing, insects, and mold growth. The ideal humidity level is between 40 and 50 percent and this can be measured by using a digital hygrometer.  

 

3. Create a breeze

While an HVAC system will be able to control the temperature within your room, a fan also provides numerous benefits to your bedtime routine. Fans will keep the air circulating, which allows for fresh air to continually be in circulation. They create a cooling effect on your skin throughout the entire night, which keeps your room and your body temperature closer to that ideal range. Fans also create a slight hum noise, which some individuals use to put them into a deeper sleep. White noise like this can also drown out sounds in the middle of the night that may have otherwise woken you up.


Remember that a good night’s sleep is always important. To be sure that you’re room is providing optimal sleep conditions, call Lee’s AC at (337) 232-5337 today!

 

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