A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your health. If you’ve been having a hard time getting your full eight hours of sleep, you might be surprised at how much a few tweaks to your HVAC system can help. In this blog, HVAC repair company Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning shares tips on how to optimize your air conditioner for a good night’s sleep.
Set the Room Temperature a Few Degrees Lower
The human body naturally drops its temperature as it prepares to go to sleep. A room that’s a few degrees lower helps facilitate this. According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should set your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees for optimal sleep. This would be a good opportunity to invest in a programmable thermostat if you and your family follow set routines throughout the week. You can set a basic programmable thermostat to lower the room temperature at bedtime and move it back up during waking hours. Other thermostat types, such as 5-2 and 5-1-1, allow different weekday/weekend cycles. In the case of the latter, you can set individual cycles for Saturdays and Sundays. Your local AC repair and installation technician can help with installation and programming if you’re upgrading from an traditional thermostat.
Control the Humidity
When set at the right level, relative indoor humidity can make your bedroom more comfortable for sleeping. Humidity is typically high during the summer season, which makes the air feel thick and muggy. During the winter, the air becomes too dry as the humidity levels become lower, resulting in dry skin, throats and nasal passages. A humidifier/dehumidifier system can be installed in your HVAC system to balance relative indoor humidity levels.
Turn on Your Ceiling Fan
Your ceiling fan can maintain air currents that help cool you down at night, which helps reduce the required cooling output from your HVAC system. It may also contribute to energy savings. Some people fined fan noises soothing, which can help facilitate sleep if you’re not entirely comfortable in quiet rooms.
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Schmitt is your leading provider of air conditioning and heating repair services. Give us a call at (415) 689-7849 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in San Francisco and nearby areas.