You probably take sleep for granted — up until you have a bad night. When you’re up awake begging for sleep to come, you start to wonder what you could possibly do to fall asleep. Well, since you ask . . . here are a few adjustments you could make to your HVAC settings to improve your sleep quality.
Balance the Humidity Level
According to sleep,org, “High humidity makes it more difficult for moisture to evaporate off your body, which can make you hot and uncomfortable (not to mention sweaty!).” In addition, high humidity can cause mold growth and affect your sleep if you suffer from mold allergies.
On the other hand, air that is too dry can dry out your skin, nasal passages and throat, making it harder to fall asleep. A good air conditioner should be able to balance the humidity level in your home. But if you’re still not able to achieve a humidity level that is between 50 and 60 percent, then consider purchasing a humidifier.
Check the Temperature
The body’s temperature naturally falls in the evening and having a cooler bedroom can help speed up the onset of sleep. So go ahead and lower the temperature by a few degrees on your thermostat and snuggle under a blanket.
If your preferred home temperature is different from that of your family members, consider installing home zoning. This way, you’ll be able to personalize indoor temperature according to individual preferences and everyone will enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Improve Air Quality
If you’ve been sneezing more often than usual or felt congested, then the cause could be poor indoor air quality. Dander, pet hair, pollen, dust and other pollutants can cause irritation and keep you from falling asleep. Replace or clean the air filter every three months to make sure the HVAC system is properly filtering indoor air.
If you have questions about which filter to buy, or would like to learn more about home zoning, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We would be happy to make recommendations and take care of the installation process.