Insomnia affects one in four Americans a year. If you go to any drug store in the country you will find the shelves lined with melatonin, zolpidem, and doxepin to name a few. Hundreds of meditation videos will come up if you type, “sleep help” into a YoTube search and one of the main things people seek psychiatric help for is an inability to sleep. Maybe all they really need is to sleep in a clean and comfortable environment.

The effect of poor air quality on sleep has been the subject of several scientific studies.  A study by the  Annals American Thoracic Society found that people who live in areas with poor air quality have 60 percent more sleeping issues.

Medical Problems Linked to Insomnia

Insomnia has been linked to poor performance at work and school. A person is more likely to have a car accident if they do not get a good night’s sleep because their reactions will be slower. Psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorder, and substance abuse have been linked to insomnia. People with insomnia are also at high risk for heart disease and high blood pressure.

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Mold and germs have a better chance to thrive in an indoor atmosphere. There are a lot of chemicals in the average home. The cleaning products that we use may have toxins in them and they can hurt your lungs. There are also debris and carbon monoxide that can enter your home from outside. Pet dander and pollen are two more irritants that can get into your home.

If you want to sleep well, it is important to keep your bedroom clean of debris. Wash your sheets and pillowcases and vacuum them on a regular basis. It is also critical to clean or replace the air filters in your home.

Your HVAC system contains one or more filters. These filters trap debris, mold and even viruses. If your filters are dirty they will make your air conditioner less effective and they will eventually not be able to collect any more particles. You should change your air filter every 3 months. If you have a reusable filter, you should clean it every few months.

There are different qualities of air filters. The EPA rates air filter quality using the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values. The filters are ranked by the numbers 1 through 20. The higher the number the higher quality of the filter.

Unfortunately not every HVAC system is able to handle a high-quality filter. If your filter does not work well with your AC the filter can actually end up clogging the unit. It is also very important to get the right size of filter. An ill-fitting filter can hurt your air conditioner performance. You can find the perfect filter for your air conditioner by clicking here

Almost everyone sleeps better in a cool room. Your air conditioner will be able to do its job much better if you change the filters regularly.

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