Use These Tips & Tricks To Get More Comfort From HVAC & A Better Night’s Sleep
It’s easy for working adults to look at sleeping as a regretful waste of time. After all, the recommended healthy amount of sleep is eight hours, or, if you prefer, a full working day. If you didn’t have to sleep, imagine how much more you could get done with a third of your day back!
But the reality is, sleep is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. Just like your phone, if you don’t sleep, your biological batteries “run dry” and stay that way. So recharging every night is your way to be able to have a productive 16 hour day. That ability to sleep well, however, can be seriously impacted by summer heat. If you’ve got air conditioning, you can avoid that with a few simple tricks.
Narrow Down Your Ideal Temperature
Setting your thermostat temperature to one that works for you and your home rests on a number of different factors. There’s not just your own personal preference for what’s cool and comfortable, if there are other residents/family members, you need to reach a compromise for what’s not too cold for them as well.
Then there’s the financial concern. Air conditioning costs money by way of your electricity bill. The lower you set your room temperature, the longer and harder your air conditioning will have to work to maintain that temperature during the summer. That’s why many experts recommend trying 78° first. This temperature hits a balance between being warm enough to not overwork an air conditioner, but being cool enough that most people will still be able to sleep at night.
Help Your AC With Fans
If your home has centralized air conditioning, you probably thought any fans in the house would now be useless. However, that’ not actually the case! Some fans, such as already existing ceiling fans, can actually make your air conditioning more efficient.
If you set your ceiling fans to a counter-clockwise rotation, this does an excellent job of cycling air throughout a room. In fact, this is so effective compared to vents that it can actually increase the efficiency of your air conditioning by up to 40% and create a pleasant “breeze” at night to help you sleep.
Keep Humidity In Check
Probably the single biggest factor that affects a comfortable sleep during the hottest nights of summer is humidity. It’s that higher than normal level of moisture in the air that makes the air feel thick, wet, muggy and clingy against your skin.
It also interferes with your body’s natural defense against overheating, sweating. Ordinarily, sweating is a bodily response that cools you down. Perspiration appears on your skin, and the process of evaporating into the air is what lowers your body temperature.
However, when humidity is high, there’s too much moisture in the air already, and your sweat does not evaporate. Instead, it just stays on your skin, which, if you’re in bed, means you soak your sheets and feel even more uncomfortable in bed. Smart air conditioning keeps humidity at bay and helps you to sleep.
Things can potentially get both hot and humid San Diego, CA, so we rely on our air conditioning here a lot. As long as you use your HVAC system strategically, you can stay comfortable at night, and still enjoy a good sleep.