It’s the thermostat’s job to ensure your home stays at a comfortable temperature. A standard thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature with a flick of a button. Upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat, and you can set the temperature for different times of the day, ensuring you’re comfortable twenty-four hours of the day.
But heating or cooling your home in the middle of the day is different from the middle of the night. We sleep better in a cooler atmosphere. But where should you set the thermostat for ideal sleeping?
What is an ideal room temperature at night?
There isn’t an ideal room temperature for sleeping. Still, numerous studies have been performed and found that optimal sleeping temperatures are between 62 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finding the right temperature involves a bit of experimentation. Everyone is different. However, it is advised to stick to the cool side, as you’ll have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep if you’re too hot.
Our bodies are actually programmed to take a slight dip in core temperature as we sleep. By adjusting the thermostat down at night can help program your body for a better rest cycle.
Our circadian rhythm regulates sleep. Think of it as your “body’s clock,” changing based on the cycle of the sun. The body moves towards rest mode as you settle down for the evening. If you adjust the temperature down, it can trigger your natural rhythm.
What’s this got to do with your HVAC system?
One of the most important parts of your home’s HVAC system is ensuring it’s working correctly. Regular maintenance ensures it’s performing at optimal levels. A problematic thermostat might not be delivering properly conditioned air flow.
If ductwork is leaking, and anything but efficient, your home could have warm or cold spots, further impacting the way your home is conditioned.
Whether you are trying to find a more controlled living environment, or are just looking to increase efficiency, the best place to start is with a home audit performed by one of our technicians.