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How Your HVAC System Can Help You Sleep Better

How Your HVAC System Can Help You Sleep Better

Like it or not, the foundation for a good day is often based on what happened during the previous 8 hours. Solid, restful sleep seems to be evermore elusive, and just about every aspect of sleep – from your pillow, to sheets, to what you do before fading into dreamland – is up for study and critique.

Well we’re here to add another factor to the equation that perhaps wasn’t on your radar, but really should be. Today we’re going to take a look at how your HVAC system can contribute to a better night’s sleep. 

Temperature Makes a Difference

Tossing and turning due to an uncomfortable temperature is all too common, but oftentimes avoidable. Setting thermostats to a cooler temperature before bed may help to ease your body into slumber, since internal temperature naturally drops during rest. That’s thanks to natural cycles that revolve around light, temperature, and our circadian rhythm. As the body releases sleep hormones and cools the core, we respond by drifting off into rest. 

All of the scientific data combined has led experts to generally recommend a room temperature in the mid-to-high 60s as being ideal, acknowledging that every person’s needs will be different. Since regulating room temperature is a main function of your HVAC system, ensuring that it’s in good condition and functioning as it should be is a good first step to knowing that when you lower the thermostat before bed, it will actually maintain that temperature throughout the night. 

If the recommended temperature sounds a little too low, or you’re concerned about energy cost or consumption, a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC system is to pair it with an appropriately sized ceiling fan. Circulating air eliminates warm pockets and causes a cooling sensation on the skin, often making a room feel cooler than it technically is. And that little bit of white noise that a fan produces doesn’t hurt either.

Humidity Plays a Role

During summer we’ve all experienced a day that lands in a reasonable temperature range, but because of the high humidity levels is nearly unbearable. Our body naturally produces sweat to cool us, but because of the moisture in the air, that natural process doesn’t work efficiently. We feel stifled and uncomfortable, and it could even be difficult to breathe. That’s especially true if we deal with a respiratory issue, allergies, or some other chronic condition.

The same can be true in the home. Even if the temperature itself is ideal, excessive humidity can make it difficult to breathe deeply and to get comfortable enough to sleep soundly. High humidity levels in the home can also allow mold, bacteria, and dust mites to flourish, all of which are key aggravators for allergies and respiratory problems. 

On the other hand, very low humidity levels can lead to dry skin, rash, itchy eyes, and issues  with sinuses, congestion, and even respiratory infection. Clearly, balanced humidity levels are good for your overall health while also being key to getting a good night’s sleep.

Your home’s HVAC system is designed to regulate temperature, but it may not always do the same with humidity. A first step would be to measure the humidity in your home. If humidity is well above 50%, it could feel oppressive in your home. If it’s below about 30%, it could feel very dry. 

To achieve a comfortable humidity level, you could opt for a localized solution and use a dehumidifier in your bedroom. The downside is that these units can produce excess noise or heat during operation. The more streamlined approach is to have a combination unit attached to your HVAC system. A humidistat would then sense the relative humidity in the air and either add or reduce humidity based on preset levels. That’s a surefire way to promote a comfortable atmosphere for deep and restful sleep.

Clean Filters are Key

It goes without saying that dirty or clogged HVAC filters aren’t doing you any favors. But when they could affect your sleep, keeping up with changing them takes on more significance. If filters aren’t fresh you could end up breathing in pollutants like dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other contaminants that can cause unwanted respiratory symptoms. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, eye irritation, and headache will all interfere with solid sleep. Ensuring that filters and ducts are clean is one more proactive move you can take to facilitate the highest quality indoor air possible.

Loud Noises and Maintenance

During the hustle and bustle of your everyday routines, a loud HVAC system might not even be perceptible. But during the quiet of the night, every bang, clang, rattle, or shudder could jolt you awake and make it hard to get a complete night of rest. Some of these sounds might be natural for your HVAC system, but if it’s older or it’s been awhile since your last maintenance appointment, it could be time to get a set of professional eyes on the unit, just to be safe. 

If you’ve already taken some DIY steps but are still waking up to loud HVAC sounds, Fred's Home Services staff is happy to discuss the situation. Our skilled technicians can evaluate your current HVAC system and even offer suggestions on how to remedy unwanted noises. Opting to join our maintenance program is another great way to stay on top of HVAC problems before they ever arise.

The Experts at Fred's Home Services Are Here to Help

At FHS Ohio we work hard to make sure that our clients have the best, most comfortable indoor environment possible. We also know the value of a good night’s sleep. So if you’re finding that your HVAC system or indoor air quality is keeping you up at night, we can work with you to find solutions and create the ideal indoor comfort levels. We look forward to making your living space more comfortable – get in touch today!

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