It is estimated that approximately 66 percent of all homes in the U.S. has air conditioning units installed and working. This is at a cost of about $11 billion per year in total costs. While the air conditioning unit has the main function of cooling your home, it is possible that it provides more of an effect on the workings of the human body.
So, for ways that the air conditioning can boost your health and well being, here are a few suggestions.
Shake it off
It is being recommended that you sleep in temperatures that are no higher than 66 degrees Fahrenheit to give your metabolism an extra boost and lead to actual weight loss. In fact, it is suggested that even a two-hour exposure to temperatures of about 62 degrees can lead to noticeable weight loss. Shivering and trembling are a part of the body's natural response to cold temperature that results in producing heat. However, in doing so the metabolic rate also speeds up and can cause an increase in brown fat. Brown fat is beneficial to the body by burning calories to maintain the core temperature and is even thought to help reduce the possibility of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
The concept of trembling is thought to be so effective that it might even cause the metabolic rate to speed up by about 5 times its normal rate. This allows for faster processing of energy and an increase in burning of body fat.
Slumber and sleep
Finding the right temperature can affect how well you sleep and how effective your REM sleep is. 30 percent of Americans suffer from some form of insomnia and this might be due to a room being overly warm or cold. The perfect temperature for sleep is recommended to be at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit however, the final decision is really dependent on you. Temperatures of below 54 degrees and above 75 degrees Fahrenheit can cause disruption in your sleep patterns. Rooms that are set towards the cooler temperatures might be even better helpful to achieving restful sleep as the body's internal temperature tends to drop when you are about to go to sleep.
To ensure that the ideal temperature for your sleep time is observed each night, you might want to install a programmable thermostat so that your ideal sleep temperature can be reached even if you forget to set it each night. A programmable thermostat costs between $80 and $250 without installation fees.