Looking for better quality sleep? Try turning down the temperature in your bedroom and making it cooler. Research shows that cooler temperatures can help us get a more restful sleep and make us feel less tired throughout the day. Try it out tonight and see how much better you sleep!
Following the National Sleep Foundation’s temperature recommendation of 60 to 71.6 degrees can help you get a better night’s rest. We also know other related factors like air quality and the efficiency of your AC also play a role in your overall sleep quality. But if you’re looking for ways to get better sleep, here are some tips to help you achieve the Zs you crave!
• Improve your air quality with duct cleaning and sealing
• Change your AC’s air filter
• Turn on your ceiling fan
• Install a programmable thermostat
Improve your air quality with duct cleaning and sealing
Because of poor air circulation or a lack of regular cleaning, dust and mold can build up in your home and impede your air quality and sleep quality in two major ways:
Allergies and asthma flare-ups: Dust and mold affect allergies and cause asthma flare-ups that, in turn, affect how you breathe when sleeping. Coughing, wheezing, and inhaling microbes can all contribute to inadequate sleep.
Severe physical reactions: Mold buildup has even worse effects and can induce sickness and more severe allergic reactions that affect your sleep, including hives, chronic cough, sneezing, insomnia, and even lung infections.
Don’t forget to regularly vacuum your home and carpets to remove dust, debris, mites, mold, dander, and other allergens. Vacuuming is an effective way to keep your home clean and healthy! Make sure that vacuuming is on your priority list for a quick cleaning session.
Change Your AC Filter
Having a clean filter is the primary way your HVAC system traps dust and microbes, keeps them from recirculating through your home, and maintains the temperature you set for your home.
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, it’s best to change it as soon as possible and to remember to change your air filter at least once every 3 months.
Turn On Your Ceiling Fan
Turning on your ceiling fan counterclockwise will suck the hot air up, leaving the cooler air to circulate below in your bedroom while you sleep.
Install a programmable thermostat
Do you want to enjoy greater comfort and save money on energy costs? Upgrade your thermostat to a programmable or smart model! Setting pre-programmed temperatures for different times of the day helps you stay cozy at night and make sure you’re not wasting energy.