If you have trouble sleeping because of the HVAC system in your Fayetteville, North Carolina home, it is time to contact your HVAC contractor. It’s not just a noisy HVAC system that can affect your rest, but also humidity, indoor air quality, and temperature. So if your lack of sleep is related to your HVAC system, fortunately, there is usually an easy fix.
Check Your Humidity
The humidity in your home is essential to your health and getting a good night’s rest. If your humidity is too low, the dry air can lead to symptoms including a sore throat, cold and flu-like symptoms, and dry, itchy skin. If your humidity is too high, you are at risk for mold growth and bug infestations. Mold can give your home a musty odor and bugs and dust mites nipping at you will naturally make sleeping next to impossible.
The humidity level in your home should stay around 50 percent. Depending on the conditions in your home, you might need to install a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home to keep your humidity at the ideal level.
Test Your IAQ
Your indoor air quality (IAQ) is important for your health and can also affect your sleep in different ways. First, have your IAQ tested to see if you have any significant issues. A certified professional will check your air quality and help you make improvements throughout your home.
While testing is critical, being proactive is also important. If you get a new mattress, let it air out in a ventilated room before using it. Sweep and dust regularly, and have pets groomed to reduce dander throughout your home. If your pets shed, you may want to regulate them to stay outside of the bedroom, particularly for those with serious allergies or respiratory problems.
Poor indoor air quality triggers asthma attacks and inflames allergies. It is difficult to get a good night’s rest if you are sneezing and coughing all night. Poor IAQ can also worsen sleep-related breathing disorders. Preventing poor IAQ is essential for staying healthy and sleeping through the night without any problems.
Check Your Thermostat
The temperature in your bedroom can play a significant role in how well you sleep at night. There’s not a specific temperature that will work for everyone. Regardless of recommended thermostat settings, you will need to find the temperature, ideally within that range that makes you comfortable. Since comfort levels vary significantly, while 78 degrees might be recommended around this time of the year, it is more important to be comfortable than to worry about a particular number.
If you have concerns about your heating or cooling bill, try alternatives to keeping warm or cool at night that don’t involve your thermostat. For example, lose the comforter during the hot months and be sure to use blinds or curtains to help block the amount of sunlight that comes in during the day.
Address HVAC Noises
If your HVAC unit is about to break down, has an ongoing issue, or is older, you may notice sounds coming from your system. Although steady white noise may be good for sleep, loud noises coming from your system are quite disruptive. If you notice more than a slight hum coming from your unit, have an HVAC professional check your system.
While it is annoying to hear loud noises or your system randomly turning on and off, it is also a sign that your system isn’t working efficiently. Those types of problems could also be draining your electricity, resulting in very high electric bills.
Don’t let your HVAC system keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping and you think your system may be to blame, we are here to help. Call Bass Air Conditioning Company at (910) 672-8885 to speak with an expert about your system so you can start having a better night’s rest.
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