For those of us who struggle to sleep, we often try just about anything to get some shut-eye. From noisemakers to counting sheep and everything in between, we’re constantly in search of that permanent solution – and for many, it might be found in your HVAC system.
At Rapid Repair Experts, we’re more than just an HVAC contractor – we’re a group of experts that can help you maximize your home’s heating and cooling system. As an example of how we do this, here are some tips on how you can use your home’s thermostat to assist with getting a good night’s sleep.
Optimal Temperature Range
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the human body sleeps best at temperatures ranging between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining this temperature is easier during the winter, but it can take a bit more effort in the warmer months without spending a ton on your utility bill.
One possible alternative for many homeowners is a zone-control air system. This is a technology that allows you to set different temperatures in single rooms for a given period of time. So, for instance, you could dial the temperature down in only your bedroom at night while you sleep, thereby saving some energy for the rest of the home.
You can also look for additional ways to keep the bedroom cool throughout the day, and a big one here is the use of fans or other breeze-inducing components. Use the downdraft from a fan to create a cool breeze – this will also keep air fresh, and may provide some help with sleeping through a soft hum of white noise.
If the humidity gets too high, it won’t matter if your room is in the proper temperature range. On the flip side, a room that’s too dry will make your nasal passages scratchy, which won’t help with sleep either. You can measure humidity in a given room using a hygrometer, which is very cheap at any appliance store – you’re looking for between 40 and 50 percent humidity. If it’s higher or lower, consider a humidifier or dehumidifier to even things out.