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Sleep is one of the single most important factors in human health, and there are lots of things you can do to try and get better rest at night. Did you know, though, that there are certain heating and air considerations that might have a big impact here?

At Whipple Plumbing, we’re here to help with all your potential HVAC needs. Let’s look at a few simple tweaks you can make to the thermostat or your overall HVAC system to get a better night’s sleep.

Humidity

When the humidity in a given room is too high, the air can feel thick and muggy, making it tough to breathe and relax for sleep. In addition, humid rooms attract insects like bed bugs and promote mold growth that can mess with your respiratory system. On the flip side, a room with too little humidity can cause scratchy nasal passages that will wake you up at night.

To test this, purchase a cheap digital hygrometer to measure your humidity level. This should read between 40 and 50 percent – if you’re way off, use a humidifier or dehumidifier to push things into the proper range.

Cool Temperatures

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the body sleeps best when the temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This is easier during the winter when it’s easier to lower temperatures, but it can be tougher during summer. One solution is running fans, and another is purchasing a zone-control air conditioning system – this will allow you to set different temperatures in different rooms, meaning you can dial down the temp in your room without cooling the rest of the home and spending more on your energy bill.

Breeze

Another great solution here is a breeze, which can be created by fans or through open windows. Fans also create a steady stream of white noise, which helps sleep quality for many people. The circulation that a breeze creates helps you breathe more easily.

For more on how your HVAC system can help with sleep, or to find out about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros at Whipple Plumbing today.