Can Better Indoor Air Quality Improve My Sleep?
The sound of a well-maintained heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is like a lullaby for a good night’s sleep. What about your indoor air quality?
If odd sounds, such as banging, squealing, or rattling, from your HVAC system are keeping you up at night, it is time to schedule maintenance and regain a peaceful nighttime environment in your California home.
Let our qualified technicians at Phoenix Air Conditioning & Heating inspect, clean, and, if necessary, repair your heating and cooling system. Your HVAC equipment will operate at peak efficiency and with minimal sound after a tune-up. You will notice the enhanced comfort and improved bedtime atmosphere in your Dana Point home.
Sleep Helps Maintain Health
Although the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends adults sleep seven or more hours per night, one in three adults say they log fewer hours.
Insufficient sleep is related to the development of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions. It can affect mental agility and energy level and lead to accidents resulting in injury and possibly death.
What Causes Sleepless Nights?
Some adults seek professional medical help for sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea, that prevent them from getting quality sleep. Lifestyle and environmental conditions also may cause restless and interrupted sleep.
Sleep experts recommend that you stop using electronics, such as cell phones, television, and computers, at least a half-hour before bedtime. Skip the alcoholic or caffeinated beverages when you are preparing for sleep and maintain a consistent bedtime schedule. Set your alarm clock for the same time each morning.
Too Hot or Cold
You will sleep better if you feel comfortable. Keep your bedroom dark and slightly cool at night. Try keeping the temperature from 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Because a lower body temperature makes you sleepy, dropping the temperature at bedtime can help to promote sleep.
Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat to maintain precise temperature control in your Dana Point home. After you program your comfort preferences, the device will change the temperature for you at night and then increase it in the morning.
The amount of moisture in your living space also affects the quality of your sleep. Phoenix Air Conditioning & Heating can assess your indoor air quality (IAQ) and recommend a solution to control humidity.
If you have too much moisture in the air, your bedroom may feel stuffy, making it hard to breathe and fall asleep. A high humidity level in your home can encourage the growth of mold and dust mites, which in turn triggers allergies, respiratory issues, and asthma symptoms. Itchy eyes, sinus problems, and allergies can interfere with quality sleep.
Humidity is at an ideal level between 35 to 50 percent. If it consistently drops below the minimum percent, it will result in dry air that can cause dry skin, chapped lips, and irritated nasal passages.
Phoenix Air Conditioning & Heating can recommend a whole-house dehumidifier to reduce the amount of water vapor in your home’s atmosphere. Or we can suggest a whole-house humidifier to add moisture if the humidity is too low.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Improve indoor air quality by having your HVAC system’s ductwork cleaned. Change your furnace filter every three months during the heating season, and consider installing an air filtration system to work in conjunction with your heating and cooling system. You will breathe easier at night.
Regularly cleaning your bedroom will remove dust, pet dander, and other contaminants that can interfere with your comfort at bedtime. Polluted indoor air can cause health problems, including sore throats and congestion, and can interfere with your sleep.
Make Quality Sleep a Priority
Get a good night’s sleep by controlling temperature, humidity, and indoor air quality with the help of your HVAC system. Let Phoenix Air Conditioning & Heating help you create the perfect sleeping environment in your Dana Point, CA, home. Call us today at 949-481-0204 or request service online.