Have you ever been sleeping and woken up in the middle of the night and think it could be your Air Conditioners fault! We found this to be a huge issue that needed to be dealt with. We created this guide to break down what AC units were the best for you so you won’t be tossing and turning all night long.
A properly sized unit is vital to insure proper sleeping conditions. This is calculated in BTUs. A good heating & air conditioning contractor can perform a BTU load calculation & design the properly sized system for your home.
A system that is too large can cool the house too fast leaving your home with too much humidity. A system too small will not bring the temperature of the house down to the desired level leaving you uncomfortable & with excess humidity. Proper temperature and humidity control is very important to an optimal sleeping environment. Most sleep experts recommend a temperature around 65 degrees. This temperature is the Goldilocks zone when it comes to sleeping. Make sure to set the bedroom temperature lower for sleeping!
One way this can be achieved is by having a zone system installed where the bedroom has it’s own thermostat control separate from the rest of the house. This way there is not a lot of energy wasted on cooling the whole house lower at night when you only need the bedroom lower for sleeping. Usually this can be easily done when the air conditioning system is initially designed but it is not always so afterwards. Again that would be something to discuss with your air conditioning contractor.
There are also quite a few other options if a zoned system is not a practical solution:
A ductless mini split system may serve your purpose. They are designed to cool single areas & some brands such as Daikin
use inverter technology which adjusts to the cooling capacity as needed.
Window and portable units shown below might be a good idea as an add on for the bedroom but not for the whole house. It would be a good idea to be used as an extra to the main system to control the bedroom temperature & humidity in a more localized fashion.
Frigidaire window mounted Mini-Compact AC unit is your classic AC system. When it comes to sleeping one of the most important things to look for is how quiet it is during operation. We tested this unit and quickly found out how quiet this AC unit really was. This unit won Amazon’s best choice for a reason. Customers rave tremendously about it too. It is the most basic unit you can find on Amazon so its important to explore other options too. This unit lacks all forms of digital control. If you are looking for a system that you can operate while half asleep this may not be the unit for you. You do have to get out of bed to change the controls. One thing we noticed was how easy it was to restart this system. If you do have to turn it on in the middle of the night while you are sleeping than it still is pretty simple.
Costway 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control Dehumidifier Function Window Wall Mount in White
If you are interested in ramping it up a bit this 10,000 BTU portable AC unit is for you. We found that we fell in love with this unit for two specific reasons. We loved the portability of the unit. We were able to transport the unit from room to room as needed making it very convenient. The second reason we fell in love with it is its remote. We were able to easily adjust the temperature from the safety of the bed. This unit made very little noise and was able to perform all of the necessary tasks in the heat of the summer.
Your house system can be zoned too. The bedroom can have its own thermostat & can be turned colder than the rest of the house at night. This functionality can be taken full advantage of by utilizing a Nest.