For many, the secret to a good night’s sleep seems out of reach. This is particularly true in New England, where changing seasons and fluctuating temperatures can make it difficult to get adequate shuteye.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Before you throw out your mattress and reach for the herbal tea, you may want to consider another factor keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Your HVAC system, air quality, and humidity levels directly affect your home’s air quality. That’s why in this blog, we’re sharing three HVAC hacks for staying cool and rested this spring.
Continue reading for expert insights, plus advice on what to do next.
- Air quality is everything
The secret to a good night’s sleep is found in the air we breathe.
Indoor air quality directly impacts how well you sleep, especially in warmer seasons like spring and summer.
As the weather improves, we may be subjected to allergies, but that’s just the beginning. There are year-round air quality issues that we’re not even aware of. These impact our overall health and sleeping habits.
Here’s a quick list of things to watch out for regarding indoor air quality:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals used in the materials used to build your home. The best way to purify VOCs is with carbon air filters. You can have them installed in your home’s HVAC, or you can use a portable unit to remove VOCs.
- Potential mold can have terrible effects on air quality and your body’s ability to breathe. The worst part about mold is that it often hides out of sight, meaning it can damage your lungs without you even knowing it. Mold appears in wet, damp places, so check the integrity of your home’s plumbing, too.
It’s a good idea to stay mindful of how you feel, especially regarding your home’s air quality.
Are you experiencing sudden headaches? Is breathing more difficult? Are you coughing more? Do you feel like you have allergies all year long?
You may wish to call a professional plumber & HVAC repair person to identify whether your home has mold or VOCs.
Here’s what else you can do to improve air quality
Maybe your system needs new air filters, or maybe there’s a mechanical problem that’s making it hard to get a good night’s sleep. Whatever the reason, your home’s HVAC could hold the key.
For example, your HVAC system may have air ducts that need sealing. This will stop dust and other harmful particles from being circulated throughout your home.
You may also need to buy or rent an air cleaner for your entire home. These machines remove allergens and other particles from the air. Cleaner air helps you stay asleep, but it also helps you wake up feeling healthier.
Before we move on to point number two, we should remind you that regular cleaning and dusting of your home may prevent a few air quality issues.
- It’s getting hot in here
Or cold, depending on the season.
Either way, the temperature in your bedroom is a huge factor in sleeping well versus sleeping poorly.
Finding the perfect temperature can be tricky.
Maybe you have an HVAC system that’s not performing well. Or maybe you have an integrated AC unit that’s past its prime. Perhaps you’re a couple that can’t seem to agree on the right temperature.
Whatever the reason, the secret to a good night’s sleep is often only a few degrees away.
Here are some ways that you can hit the snooze button as spring winds up:
- Got a ceiling fan? Use it. Ceiling fans circulate the air and can make you feel significantly cooler in warmer months.
- Is your bedroom on an upper floor? You may need to make special adjustments as heat rises and makes the second and third floors noticeably warmer.
- Install a smart home HVAC system. Programmable thermostats and individualized room temperatures are just the beginning. Call an HVAC specialist to make sure it’s done right the first time.
Keep in mind that air conditioners offer unique risks to good air quality. It’s vital to dust the vents and replace the air filters before using them this year, even for window units.
- “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity…”
We hear this every year in New England, but it’s true, especially when it comes to sleeping tight.
The typical range for indoor humidity should fall somewhere between 30% and 50%. Staying in this range prevents your home from feeling too damp or from feeling too dry. Well-regulated humidity can also protect you from the earlier mentioned issue of mold.
Your best defense against excessive humidity in the summer months is to have a properly functioning and appropriately sized air conditioning system.
When considering your home’s size and age, it may be worth speaking with an HVAC professional about installing a dehumidifier or humidifier, depending on the season.
The bottom line
The secret to a good night’s sleep is directly connected to your home’s air quality. Most of what’s wrong with your home’s air quality eventually overlap with your home’s HVAC in some way. All this makes it important to speak with a professional that you trust.
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