For most people, getting enough sleep is a challenge in itself. Fortunately, there are ways to encourage deep sleep and, believe or not, your home’s heating and cooling system can play an integral part in this. Studies show that the temperature you set in your bedroom affects your ability to fall into deep sleep.
So what temperature should you set your thermostat to? Let’s take a closer look.
Expert Advice Varies
Dr. Rachel Salas from Johns Hopkins University suggests putting your heating and cooling system at 65 degrees, as noted by a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. There are many signs the body gives when it’s about to enter deep sleep and one of these is a drop in core body temperature. You can help this process along by setting your bedroom’s temperature at about 65 degrees.
She adds, however, that this level is only an estimate, and comfort levels are different from one person to another. She recommends trying a range between 65 and 69 degrees to find the temperature you’re most comfortable in.
Can Your Heating and Cooling System Keep Up?
Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature during sleeping hours can definitely mean savings on your electric bill but how and when you do so is also important. Minvalco, a climate engineering firm in the Midwest, suggests different approaches for the winter and summer. Air conditioning units use a large amount of electricity when it’s starting, compared to when it’s running. This means that in the summer, drastically changing levels on your thermostat adds up to a bigger electric bill. They recommend keeping temperature changes within a smaller range.
In terms of efficiency on your heating and cooling system, the Department of Energy recommends lowering your thermostat by about 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours every day. Every degree is roughly equivalent to 1% off on your bill. Of course, they don’t recommend setting it colder than your comfort levels.
While the ideal temperature can vary from person to person, most agree on a set range. Keeping your bedroom within this range will not only help you save on utility costs but also keep you sleeping soundly at night.
Learn more about setting your heating and cooling system within comfortable levels by giving Aire-Flo a call at (614) 914-4811. Services are available in Westerville and nearby areas.