Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night. But when it comes to a good night’s rest, quality matters just as much as quantity. Did you know your HVAC system can affect the quality of your sleep? In this month’s blog, the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical share 5 HVAC tips for ensuring you get the quality sleep you need.
1. Lower the Room Temperature
When the temperature drops, your body slowly relaxes, lulling you into a restful night. The ideal bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees. A programmable thermostat makes it easy and convenient to set the temperature you desire for your best night’s sleep. Additionally, zone-control air conditioning allows you to lower the temperature in selected rooms without cooling the entire house, giving you a comfortable night’s sleep while reducing your energy costs.
2. Control Humidity Levels Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it’s important to get your sleeping environment just right—especially when it comes to humidity. High levels of humidity make the air feel heavy, making it harder to breathe. Low humidity levels dry out your throat and nasal passages, making them cracked, scratchy, and uncomfortable. Check the humidity levels in your bedroom with a digital hygrometer, or humidity gauge. Optimal humidity levels fall between 40 to 50 percent. Use a standalone humidifier or dehumidifier to tweak the levels so they’re just right.
3. Replace Intake Filters Regularly Dirt and dander build-up on your intake filter making it less effective. An overused filter leads to poor air quality and trouble breathing—especially if you have allergies or asthma. Replacing the filter frequently can cut down on dust and other pollutants, improving your air quality, and enabling you to breathe easier.
4. Use a Fan
A fan offers several benefits to keep you comfortable while you sleep, including:
Keeping the room temperature down.
Creating a calming effect from the downdraft breeze.
Circulating the air to keep it fresh, making it easier to breathe.
Producing a white noise effect, helping you fall and stay asleep.
5. Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance Routine maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and efficiently. When in peak condition, your HVAC program keeps temperatures and humidity levels in check, maintains optimal indoor air quality, and operates with little to no noise. The result: you’ll get a good night’s sleep. During your appointment, your home care specialist will check all systems, tighten loose fixtures so they don’t rattle, identify repairs, or recommend an upgrade if you have an older system.
HVAC Installation, Maintenance and Repair in NH and MA
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, it may be attributed to environmental factors stemming from your HVAC system. Contact us to schedule your annual maintenance appointment or to learn more about programmable thermostats, zone cooling, and humidity controls. We service many locations across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire including Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Topsfield, and Boxford.
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