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Three Bedroom Air Hacks That Could Help You Sleep Better

Posted: June 10, 2019

Quality sleep is one of the most important contributors to health – as anyone who has trouble sleeping can attest.

One great way to help yourself catch more or better Zs is by tweaking the conditions in your bedroom to support your body’s natural nighttime shut-down process – something that your home’s HVAC system can really help you with.

Try these three tweaks to help you get some well-earned shut-eye in your Catskill Mountains home:

  • Chill out – You might think “nodding off” amounts to your body simply shutting down so it can relax – but as it turns out, there’s a lot going on as you bed down for the evening. One thing that happens is that your body temperature naturally drops – and the conditions in your room can either help or hinder this transition.
    According to the National Sleep Foundation, your bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal nighttime sleep – cooler than you would probably keep your home during the daytime. Working with your home cooling system, a programmable thermostat will help you maintain that target range during the night.
    If you need to keep other sections of the house a different temperature, consider a zone cooling solution – and if you have a bedroom with no windows that tends to stay warm, a ductless mini-split cooling system could be a godsend.
  • Keep healthy humidity levels – Just like temperature, humidity can affect the quality of your sleep. The ideal humidity range for health and comfort is between 40 and 50 percent – a number that may be difficult to achieve during a Catskill Mountains summer without an assist from a whole house dehumidifier connected to your HVAC system.
  • Keep air moving – Air circulation is another big contributor to a restful night’s sleep. Here, fans are your friend: a ceiling fan above your bed is one of the best tools you can use to keep the air circulating in your room when you are sleeping (ceiling fans are also great to use in tandem with your A/C during the daytime; circulating air feels cooler, which means you can raise the thermostat a few money-saving degrees with no loss in comfort). Box fans and other stand-alone fan styles help too – both by keeping air moving and by providing “white noise” that can mask more distracting sounds.

Sleep better with expert service for your home cooling system from the pros at Black Bear. Contact us today to schedule your routine A/C maintenance before the summer heat comes knocking!