Climate Control for a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you toss and turn every night and wake up in the morning unrested? There are many factors that can impact sleep, including the air in your home. Climate control can make a big difference in how well you sleep at night. Here are some ways you can improve your sleep with some adjustments to your HVAC system and air quality in your home.

Cool Down for a Comfortable Sleep

While you may like to snuggle under warm blankets at night, keeping the air cooler around you can help improve your quality of sleep. Setting your temperature at nights lower can help you sleep better. If you have zone or room controls, change the thermostat setting in your bedroom to 60-65 degrees for the ideal sleeping temperatures.

Another way to cool down is to use fans in windows. This can reduce cooling costs and provides refreshing moving air while you sleep. The white noise of the fan can also help many people block out other noises and sleep better.

Check Your Humidity

High humidity can cause all types of problems in your home, but it can also impact your sleep. Heavy, muggy air can make it difficult to breathe easy when you are trying to sleep. Check the level of humidity – typically the best level for indoor air quality is around 40-50% to keep the air comfortable and reduce mold and mildew problems. If it is too high, talk to your local HVAC professionals to have a dehumidifier installed in your home.

Changing the air quality and climate in your home can be the solution to finding a good night’s rest. Try these tips to improve the comfort of the air in your home and you may begin noticing you feel more refreshed each morning.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

A Programmable Thermostat Makes Energy Saving Simple

We often hear energy conservation advice about keeping our thermostat set lower in the cooler months and higher in the warmer months. Just a couple of degrees can make a big difference in the amount of energy consumed by our heating and cooling systems. During our sleeping hours, we can often be quite comfortable at different temperature levels than when we are up moving about; this can warrant another adjustment to our thermostat.

The same is true when we are gone all day at work or going to be absent from the home for an extended period of time. We may not want to turn our heat or air conditioning completely off, but we may want to set it to come on only when the in home air temperature has reached an extreme level.

With a standard thermostat, it can be easy to forget to make these adjustments for changes in activities in the home or to inadvertently turn your heat up a few degrees higher than need be (or the temperature lower than needed for your cooling needs).  That is the beauty of the programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat is an HVAC accessory that allows you to set a variety of temperature levels based on these different scenarios. You can program your thermostat to a certain temperature for your regular sleep hours and then have it automatically revert to your daytime temp shortly before you get out of bed in the morning. You can have another setting programmed in that will decrease the energy use while you are away at work and then resume regular settings just before you get home.

A programmable thermostat allows you to continually save energy without have to remember to change the setting. It is all done automatically. An HVAC technician can advise you on the right thermostat for your needs and install the thermostat at a minimal cost.

Set Back Thermostats Not Optimal For Heat Pumps

One of the most cost effective ways to save money on heating and cooling costs is to lower the temperature setting on your furnace or raise the temperature setting on your air conditioning system while you are sleeping or while your home is empty during the day.  You can do it by manually adjusting your thermostat, but savvy homeowners will realize the most savings and improve comfort by automating the process with a set back (or programmable) thermostat.

These thermostats can be programmed to adjust the temperature setting on your heating and cooling system throughout the day.  You can set them to make the adjustment to the energy saving setting after you have left home for the day or gone to bed at night and to return to the comfort setting shortly before you arrive back home or wake up in the morning.

However, these thermostats work best on traditional HVAC systems that use a furnace with a central air conditioner.  If you use a heat pump for heating and cooling, a set back thermostat will not be very effective.

Heat pumps are very efficient in heating mode, but they are often equipped with supplemental electric heat strips that kick in when the heat pump cannot keep up or when the temperature setting is increased more than one or two degrees.  These electric heat strips will activate whenever the thermostat returns to the comfort setting and any energy savings from the lower economy temperature setting will be offset by the high energy use of the electric heat strips.

With a heat pump, you are generally better off if you “set it and forget it.”  There are a few set back thermostats specifically designed to operate with a heat pump.  You should talk to a good HVAC technician about selecting and installing one of these specially designed thermostats for your heat pump.