Manage Your Heating System for Optimal Sleep


We all know how important good night rest is for normal functioning. However, during the heating season, it is often difficult to feel comfortable throughout the night, resulting in fitful and incomplete sleep.

Some part of it could be chalked down to improperly set thermostat. Our temperature and air quality needs are different during the day than they are at night. If you have a relatively new HVAC system, chances are that it has all sorts of settings. You should try setting your thermostat to different modes to see which produces the best results. If you need any help with your HVAC system, don’t forget to contact professionals like

Colder Is Better

Even if you like your home toasty during the day, your body naturally wants somewhat cooler temperatures at night when you go to sleep. Your core temperature is naturally reduced in order to relax you and to help you fall asleep. It is a lot easier to do that if the temperature in your room is somewhat cooler as well.

The best temperature for sleep is somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. What that means is that you should set your thermostat to turn off just before you start getting ready to sleep. Most thermostats will have a programmable function, but if you want, you can do that manually as well. So, not only will you help yourself fall asleep faster, but you will also save some money on the heating bill.

Air Humidity Plays an Important Role, Too

If you follow the Weather channel, or any other weather forecasting program, you must have heard them listing the air humidity along with the air temperature. If you have never given it any second thought, you may be surprised to learn that the humidity has a lot to do with our sensation of heat and comfort.

Generally, the higher the humidity of the air, the harder it is to breathe properly and relax. The humid air can feel stifling, which is not the proper atmosphere for sleep. So, just dry your air completely, right? Sadly, that’s not a good idea, either. When the air is too dry, it can dry your airways and make your nose and throat scratchy and sore.

So, it’s the good old Goldilocks’ zone – not too humid and not too dry either. Fortunately, you don’t need any fancy and complicated equipment to figure out what the right humidity is. Most likely, your thermostat already has the option to measure and adjust the humidity. However, if it doesn’t, there is a really cheap apparatus called a hygrometer is really easy to use. Most people feel the most comfortable at 40-50% humidity.

Ventilate from Time to Time

If you have ceiling fans, let them run on low setting. The air current will help you properly regulate the temperature and will ensure that the air you breathe is not stale and that you have plenty of oxygen.

There’s an unexpected benefit of turning on the fans as well. Namely, the hum which they produce is monotonous and subtle, which most people find soothing and claim that it helps them fall asleep. This is called the white noise and it can come from many sources, including a special speakers which produce it. However, with your fans on, you can have the double benefit with only one electricity consumer.

There are many other factors which are important for a good night rest, like your mattress and your overall health, but don’t forget that your HVAC system and air quality play an important role there as well; so keep it in top form.

To contact Action Air Conditioning & Heating of San Diego
4455 Murphy Canyon Rd Suite 100–5, San Diego, CA 92123, USA

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