A human adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep every night. But despite the evidence that sleep is essential to maintaining good health, many people don’t take it seriously. According to the American Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million people suffer from a sleep disorder. Read on to learn how to get a good night’s rest in your Clemson, South Carolina, home this summer.
Feel Cooler With Ceiling Fans
The ceiling fans in your home don’t generate cold air. But if you use them correctly, they can create a wind-chill effect that makes a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. As a result, they help reduce your reliance on your air conditioner.
In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans rotate in a counterclockwise direction. Turn them on before you go to bed, and turn them off when you wake up and leave the room. Ceiling fans aren’t of use in empty rooms.
Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality
Good indoor air quality helps you breathe easier and sleep better at home. To maintain good IAQ:
- Change your HVAC air filter every month through the summer months.
- Run an air purifier to remove the smallest particle pollutants in your home.
- Use a dehumidifier to balance humidity between 40 and 60 percent.
Limit Screen Time Before Bed
Ninety percent of people admit to using a technological device within an hour before going to bed. Doing so can adversely affect your sleep cycle. That’s because electric devices like smartphones suppress the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. As a result, they make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. To sleep better this summer, stop using your smartphone at least one hour before bed. That important email or text can wait until the morning.
Do you want to sleep better this summer? Complete Heat and Air has a range of quality HVAC solutions that can help. Contact us today at 864-206-5354 to learn more.
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