Your HVAC unit can help you get a good night sleep
There’s nothing more important than sleep—good sleep. It’s a key component to leading a healthy and happy life. Unfortunately, sleep can be a little elusive and disrupted at times.
If you, or your family members, are having trouble sleeping, there are some HVAC solutions that may help you sleep like a baby. Babies always look so peaceful when they are fast asleep, so why not give it a shot?
Consider experimenting with the following to help your household feel well rested and refreshed each and every morning.
Ways your HVAC can help you get the best sleep
When it comes to sleep, it’s important to get the humidity level just right. When the humidity is too high, it’s hard to breathe and relax with thick and muggy air. Humid rooms also attract pesky insects and can promote mold growth—both causing irritation to your respiratory system and your sleeping pattern. A room that’s too dry can make your throat and nasal passages cracked and scratchy, leading you to a less than desirable sleeping experience.
Using an inexpensive digital hygrometer will help you measure the humidity level in the bedrooms of your home. A good level to be near or between is 40 to 50 percent. If the humidity is way off, invest in a standalone humidifier or dehumidifier to get the level toward the sweet sleep percentage.
Feel the breeze
Fans offer many benefits to your bedtime routine. The downdraft from a ceiling fan creates a cooling effect on your skin and helps your body stay closer to its ideal sleeping temperature. It also circulates the air to keep it fresh, and much easier to breathe in.
The steady hum of a fan is an added benefit, as white noise can be soothing. White noise helps people fall asleep and sleep soundly throughout the night—muffling loud, repetitive, and sudden noises that might otherwise cause you to stir in the middle of the night.
Keep it cool
Hot, cold, and drafty rooms can seriously impact sleep. Body heat peaks in the evening and then drops to its lowest levels while asleep, so the thermostat should be set accordingly at night. A cool 16-18°C is an ideal bedroom temperature to aim for. Bedroom temperatures that reach over 24°C can cause restlessness, and chilly rooms hovering around 12°C can make it difficult to drop off to sleep.
Maintaining an ideal bedroom temperature is pretty easy during the winter months. Lowering the temperature for the night is also a great way save money on heating costs. It’s a little harder—and costlier—to get the temperature down during the summer, so rely on fans to help keep cool.
Make this a seamless operation by installing a programmable thermostat that remembers to change the temperature of your home when needed. Another alternative is to look into zone-control heating and cooling systems. Zone control allows you to dial down the temperature where it’s needed rather than the entire house.
If you’re lying awake at night, don’t hesitate to call us at 250.465.2490.
We have a team of friendly technicians, highly experienced with HVAC installation, service, and repair.