We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to our wellbeing — health benefits include weight control, brain function and athletic performance among others. But did you know that the temperature in your bedroom can affect how well you sleep? Read on to learn the best air conditioner temperature for sleeping
Studies have shown that 18.3°C, give or take a few degrees, is the best air conditioner temperature for sleeping. This is because it helps to regulate your internal body temperature and syncs to your circadian rhythm (sleep cycle). You’ll fall asleep faster and sleep deeper, vastly improving your quality of sleep. One thing to consider is setting low temperatures (anything below 24°C) on your air conditioner combined with Queensland’s high humidity can result in condensation forming on your ductwork & grilles.
NOTE: We suggest consulting your HVAC professional prior to running temperatures below 24°C on your air conditioner.
Most people experience abnormal sleeping patterns during the hotter summer months when it’s harder to keep the ideal room temperature.
Humidity can also cause sleeping disruptions, something that many Queenslanders are all too familiar with. While it doesn’t change the temperature, it affects how your body perceives it — hot air with high relative humidity makes the evening feel muggy.
How does too hot and too cold vary?
Temperature affects us differently on either side of the scale.
Rooms that are too hot can cause restless sleep due to a decrease in your slow-wave sleep or rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
Being too cold may make it harder to fall asleep and result in tossing and turning throughout the night. But this can be counteracted by additional blankets, bedding or heating.
Take control of bedroom temperature and humidity
Stop tossing and turning by controlling these two key factors – humidity and temperature. If your bedroom is too hot, humid or stuffy then it’s time to take control by adjusting them with air conditioning.
This way you’re killing two birds with one stone. You alleviate discomfort and restlessness. Plus you’re also removing odours and protecting yourself from viruses, allergens and harmful VOCs with HEPA air purification.
4 Factors to consider when selecting an AC unit for the bedroom
Sleep is vital for your physical and mental health, so the more you can do to create a sleep conducive environment, the better.
Before you pick an AC unit, you should weigh up The Pros and Cons of Zoned Air Conditioning. There are a number of advantages and it is the most efficient cooling method for a large home, which is great for your energy bill.
If you opt for Split System Air Conditioning, here are a few tips to choose the perfect AC unit for the bedroom.
- A smaller – 2.0 – 3.5kW – wall mounted split system unit is generally sufficient for a bedroom but the size of your room will determine the output you need. You can consult with Smarter Air to work out the ideal size.
- Check the technical specifications for sound levels. Low modes can be as little as 19dB which is quieter than a whisper.
- Opt to place the AC unit on the left or right-hand side of the bed or on the opposite facing wall, rather than directly over the bedhead. This helps distribute cool air evenly without blowing directly onto you.
- Flickering lights can be distracting when trying to fall asleep so opt for a unit with a brightness adjustment function for any LED lights.
Sleep better with Smarter Air
Get ready for summer and sleep better with the optimal temperature setting for sleeping. Smarter Air specialises in ducted and split air conditioning system installation for new and existing properties.
We only use trusted brands and offer a 10-year warranty on all installations to give you peace of mind your AC will be keeping you comfortable for years to come.
Contact our friendly team today for a quote today.