With overnight temperatures in the 80s and 90s, it’s not uncommon for Phoenix homeowners to become too warm to sleep during the summer months. It’s never fun tossing, turning and sweating due to an uncomfortably warm temperature. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a room temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. While this may seem downright chilly, the reality is that temperatures in this range induce sleep faster and increase the amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
Sleep Deficits – An American Epidemic
According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common sleep problem, impacting about 30% of American adults. While there are numerous causes of insomnia, one of them is poor sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is the recommended behavioral and environmental practice intended to promote better quality sleep. This includes ensuring the room temperature is conducive to sleep.
Although grogginess, crankiness and a lack of focus are the most obvious symptoms of insufficient sleep, there are greater risks which include weight gain, weakened immune system, heart disease and accidents and injuries. In other words, your health depends upon getting sufficient, quality sleep.
Capping the Cost of Cooling Your Bedroom
With clear evidence that a cool room is better for sleep, the challenge is keeping cooling costs under control. Maintaining a continuous temperature of 60 degrees throughout your home may be cost-prohibitive. For this reason, it’s important to leverage the benefits of your programmable thermostat. To keep your bedroom cool at night to promote good sleep without breaking the bank, set your thermostat for a lower temperature at night and a higher temperature for when you’re away from home. The savings can be significant.
Other Saving Opportunities
Of course, a well-maintained air conditioner runs better and uses less energy to cool your home. So, if you can’t remember when the last time was that your unit has been checked and tuned up, call Chandler Air today. A tune up can ensure your system is running exactly as it should be. And, don’t forget to check your payment plan with your electricity provider. Often, savings can be had by simply changing your monthly plan.
Want to learn more about optimizing your home’s comfort? Call the experts at Chandler Air today.