Here’s How Indoor Air Quality Affects How You Sleep at Night

March 27, 2024

Struggling to get some good shut-eye lately? Though often overlooked, poor indoor air quality is one of the more common reasons folks can toss and turn at night. Because they’re not visible to the naked eye, most people underestimate how much mold, dust, and other tiny particles can linger in the air and irritate your respiratory system, preventing you from getting good-quality sleep. We’ve broken down the air quality basics so you can enjoy more restful nights.

The Hidden Hazards That Build Up in Your Home’s HVAC

The air we breathe in our homes comprises far more than just nitrogen and oxygen. Dust, pollen, pet dander, cleaning products, and even mold spores can accumulate in your ducts and air filters. Eventually, all of these compounds make their way into your airways.

Good air quality is associated with better respiratory health, fewer allergies, and improved sleep. If you’re concerned about these issues, air quality testing is essential for your household!

How Air Quality Decreases at Night

Notice an uptick in your allergies after the sun sets? It’s not in your head! Indoor air quality actually dips at night time due to a  few key factors:

  • Less ventilation. We close our doors and windows more after dark, so there’s less fresh air circulating from outside into your home.
  • Humidity and temperature. It’s darker and cooler at night, which can create a breeding ground for mold spores and mites.
  • Cooking. After cooking dinner – and leaving the windows shut – volatile organic compounds can linger in the air and decrease air quality in your home.

Quality sleep is central to good health and mental clarity, which is why it can be frustrating when allergies or other respiratory issues interfere with your rest at night.  Thankfully, proper HVAC maintenance can help you sleep soundly.

Why Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Improves Your Air Quality

At ProFlo, we’re well-versed in air quality improvement. The path to clean air starts here; we’ll help improve your sleep with modern methods: 

  • High-efficiency air filters. Swapping out your old, clogged HVAC filters for updated ones is proven to reduce the dust, pollen, and pet dander circulating in your home.
  • Humidity control. Controlling the humidity levels in your space is essential to preventing mold and mildew. Our AC maintenance techs will ensure your home stays clean and dry.
  • Air duct cleaning. If you’ve had air quality issues, suspect pests, or have noticed your HVAC has become noisy, debris likely has built up in your ducts. Professional cleaning once a year is the best way to keep these issues at bay.

Air quality issues can creep up on you slowly. Preventative HVAC maintenance is ideal for keeping your indoor environment clean and healthy, so you and your family can experience better nights’ sleep. For more information about what ProFlo can do for your home, give us a call at 951-694-1300 or contact us online.

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