How Air Conditioning Can Affect Sleep
Sleep is essential to help you to regenerate healthy cells and keep you healthy and vibrant. If you don’t get enough sleep, it will affect your mood and your health. Problems with your air conditioner can disrupt your sleep and keep you from performing well at work or school.
Indoor Air Quality
Breathing in contaminants like animal dander, pollen, and dust while you’re asleep can aggravate allergies, and disrupt your sleep, making you feel tired and cranky in the morning. People with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems often have trouble sleeping when the indoor air quality is low. Frequent headaches, a stuffy nose, or a scratchy throat are common symptoms of poor indoor air quality.
You can get rid of many pollutants by changing your bedding and pillows often, keeping pets away from your bed, and installing an air cleaner or air purifier. You should also change your HVAC system’s air filter as needed or recommended to increase airflow and keep your indoor air quality high.
If noise from an aging HVAC system prevents you from falling asleep, it may be time to consider upgrading your unit. Since lightweight construction materials are common in newer homes in the region, sound and vibration control are important. Most new systems are so quiet they won’t disturb even the lightest sleepers.
Poor Temperature Regulation
If your home is always too hot or too cold, you will feel the effects most keenly when trying to fall or stay asleep at night. Poor temperature regulation and a unit that runs nonstop or shuts off without properly cooling or dehumidifying the air are signs of an aging unit or one in need of repair. Have your system inspected by a professional twice per year to prevent problems.
Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with over 35 years of HVAC experience. We can install, maintain, and repair a variety of equipment that can help you sleep better. Call us at 703-783-0145 for excellent service.
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