How Your HVAC Can Affect Your Sleep

Did you know that a malfunctioning HVAC system can keep you from sleeping soundly? An HVAC can interfere with your sleep if the do the four following things:

It's Noisy

Some people can fall asleep in the noisiest places while others need absolute silence to sleep. If you belong in the latter category, then you will not be able to sleep if your HVAC is noisy. Here are some of the common causes of HVAC noise:

  • Leaking refrigerant—this produces a hissing sound
  • Loose parts (such as belts and fans)—these usually produce clanking sounds
  • Damaged or broken parts—these usually produce banging sounds

It's Not Maintaining the Desired Room Temperature

It is not just noise that can interfere with your quality of sleep; abnormally high or low temperatures may also keep you from sleeping soundly. A malfunctioning heater can leave you freezing during the winter season while a malfunctioning air conditioner can leave you too hot to sleep during the hot season. There are so many things that can cause AC or heater malfunction and the only way to solve the issue is to call a professional technician.

It's Circulating Polluted Air

Some people may also have a problem sleeping if they are breathing in polluted air. This may be the case for you if you have a respiratory problem, for example, if you are asthmatic or if you are allergic to the particles in the air you are breathing. Pollutants in the air can trigger allergic reactions or set of an asthmatic attack and prevent you from sleeping soundly. Here are some of the reasons your HVAC may circulate polluted air:

  • The wrong filter is in the system
  • The filter is damaged and letting particles to pass through
  • The air conditioner is dirty
  • There is mold in the system or near the air registers
  • There is a dead pest in the air ducts

It's Circulating Humid Air

Lastly, some people also have a problem sleeping if their houses get too humid. For example, if you have sensitive skin, an extremely low humidity will make your skin itchy. High humidity levels also encourage mold growth, and mold pres will pollute your indoor air and cause the previously described problems. Your HVAC may fail to maintain a desirable level of humidity if it is the wrong size for your house, you have an old system that can't handle the load or your air ducts were improperly designed.

If your HVAC system is ruining your sleep, contact air treatment services to get to the root of the issue.