01 December 2020
With a warm, wet season predicted this summer due to La Niña, getting a comfortable night’s sleep can be a challenge over summer especially in areas with high humidity. Here are a few smart solutions so you can rest easier.
Humidity levels in bedrooms over summer mean that overnight perspiration can’t evaporate effectively resulting in hot sticky nights. There are a variety of ways you can lower bedroom temperatures or assist air-movement to allow a more comfortable night. Here are some smart solutions that may help you rest well this summer.
- Avoid heat build-up. Keep curtains closed during periods of direct sunlight on windows and ensure you have adequate ceiling insulation to avoid heat from your roof making living spaces uncomfortable.
- Windows. Take advantage of natural cross-breezes and keep windows open overnight. Just be aware of traffic noise, security, mozzies or excess pollen drifting in if family members have allergies. Fitting security stays and insect screens may be a wise investment.
- Bedding. Have dedicated light-weight duvets or blankets for summer use and invest in cotton rather than synthetic sheets.
- Take a shower. Taking a quick shower before bedtime can help and it doesn't have to be a cold shower. Experts say our body temperature needs to drop to help us to fall asleep, and being in a high-temperature room makes this process more difficult. A shower before bedtime, in addition to cleaning off the day’s sweat, can trick the body into a temperature drop to help sleep.
- Portable fans. A portable fan won't cool the air but the air movement it creates both cools and assists in evaporation of perspiration. Portable fans don’t tend to have a timer however so choose the fan speed carefully or you’ll be waking to turn it off during the night.
- Ventilation. A ventilation system with a summer kit can help cool your bedrooms because it uses filtered outside air rather than the air in your roof space. Like fans, a ventilation system can't cool the air but they can create a flow of air to improve comfort. They also push out humid air replacing it with typically cooler outside air. It's safe, secure, free of pollens and mozzies.
- Bedroom heat pump/air conditioner. Adding a heat pump to your bedroom can create year round sleeping comfort - afterall it's where you spend a third of your time and the value of a good night's sleep can't be underestimated. A small heat pump for your bedroom keeps you cool on summer nights and can also keep bedrooms at a healthy temperature in winter.
Try all the natural ventilation and summer bedding options first since they are the most cost effective and energy efficient. If these don’t work or if you also have issues with overheating in summer, winter chills, condensation, mildew or mould then you should consider a ventilation system or heat pump.
Book a free home assessment with Smart Energy Solutions to explore which option best solves your comfort needs. We have multiple brands of both heat pumps and home ventilation systems to offer you choice and great advice – we also have a range of finance options available to make year-round home comfort affordable now.