Using HVAC To Enhance Sleep

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Using HVAC To Enhance Sleep

Using HVAC To Enhance Sleep

29 November 2022
, Blog

Your sleep quantity and quality depend on multiple factors, including your sleep environment. Your HVAC system affects your sleep environment. Thus, you can use your HVAC system to control your sleep environment and improve your sleep. Below are tips on how to do this.  

Use a Quiet System

AC noise can interfere with your sleep, especially if you are a light sleeper. Here are a few tips to minimize HVAC noise:

  • Choose a relatively quiet AC during installation.
  • Install the unit away from your bedroom; for example, an AC unit directly outside your bedroom window might be noisier than one farther away.
  • Place the HVAC unit on dampers to absorb the vibrations.

Contact a contractor for diagnosis and solution if a previously silent AC becomes noisier.

Program Your HVAC

Many people have an optimal temperature range for enjoying sleep. Experiment with a few temperatures to determine your range. After that, program the thermostat to maintain that temperature whenever you sleep. A smart thermostat that learns your sleeping habits and automatically adjusts the thermostat can also work.

Choose an Appropriate Place for the Thermostat

The thermostat works best if it can read the thermostat of the room whose temperature you want to regulate. Thus, a single thermostat will only work for you if your house temperature does not vary much by room. In such a case, place the thermostat somewhere where external cold or heat won't affect it. For example, you should not place the thermostat near an exterior window.

A better alternative is to zone your house and use multiple thermostats. That way, you can control your bedroom's temperature precisely and independently of other zones in the house.

Use Humidifier or Dehumidifier

High humidity can make your skin feel clammy. High humidity also encourages mold growth, which can trigger breathing difficulties. On the other hand, extremely low humidity can irritate your airway. Both can interfere with your sleep.

The AC also regulates humidity, but it might not do it effectively, depending on multiple issues, including local climate. In such a case, install a dehumidifier or humidifier for humidity control, depending on your needs.

Consider Bed Placement Relative to the Vents

Drafts from AC vents can make you feel colder than you should. Place your bed so that air from the AC registers does not hit your face directly. At the same time, the bed should not block the vents since that would interfere with air circulation and cooling.

Contact a local AC service to learn more. 

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Troubleshooting HVAC Issues

About a year ago, I realized that our air conditioner just wasn't cutting it. Our home was constantly hot and humid, even though our air conditioner was running almost all the time. In addition to driving up our energy bill, my entire family was tired of sweating constantly. To resolve the problem, we decided to hire an HVAC contractor to come out and fix the problem. He figured out that our compressor was damaged, and he replaced it for us. After that, our system ran great again. This blog is here for anyone who has ever had trouble diagnosing air conditioning problems.