Posted:August 14, 2021 at 8:40 am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
Many people struggle with falling asleep or staying comfortable at night due to the temperature of their homes. If you, or someone in your home, is one of these people, we'd like to detail some remedies for this issue so that everyone can sleep more soundly.
Each individual is different when it comes to temperature preference due to our varying base temperatures and circadian rhythms; one's internal body temperature shifts over a 24-hour period. In the summertime, research has shown that most people experience abnormal sleeping patterns during the hotter months. If your home isn't cooling properly, this can, in turn, affect the body's ability to cool itself. Sleeping conditions that are too hot will impact your ability to reach REM (rapid eye movement), aka deep sleep.
You should set your thermostat to the optimal temperature average for sleep; this is considered to be 65 degrees. We'd recommend starting at that temperature and then varying it up or down if you're still not comfortable. This process may take some trial and error, but we can simplify it a little for you. Doctors recommend a range of 60-67 degrees. Therefore, in a week of testing, you'll be able to sleep comfortably.
Once you've found the perfect temperature for your family and home, we'd suggest investing in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to be comfortable both during the day and at night. For most people, the temperature they like during the day is different than what is preferred after the sun has gone down. The temperature rises to 68 to 78 degrees during daylight hours for most. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to keep your home comfortable day and night.
Creating a thermostat schedule based on when you are home or away will save you money on your electric bill. You can even adjust it so that the temperature changes on the weekends or while you're on vacation. You'll also have the benefit of a more efficient system since fiddling with the thermostat causes your unit to work harder. Unfortunately, when a system is working too hard, this can also cause it to deteriorate more quickly.
Smart thermostats are a technological advancement that is also worth considering. Smart thermostats allow you to control your home's temperature from your smartphone or tablet. You can learn more on our recent blog here. Please reach out if you'd like to learn more about programmable thermostats and what option might be best for your family.
Your comfort is our top priority, so please let us know if you need any more information or would like to schedule a cooling or heating tune-up.
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