Have you ever felt sluggish and unmotivated on a scorching hot day or energized and focused on a crisp autumn morning? It’s no coincidence. Temperature plays a surprisingly significant role in our mood, energy levels, and even productivity. Just like a plant flourishes in the right environment, our bodies and minds thrive within a specific temperature range. Understanding the relationship between temperature and our moods can unlock valuable insights into optimizing our lives.
Studies have found that temperatures between 70°F – 79°F are the optimal zone for mental and physical health. Studies show that when your environment drops below 70°F you are more likely to feel sluggish, react slower, have difficulty concentrating, and have symptoms of depression. The decrease in daylight hours in the colder months reduces the body’s production of vitamin B12, which plays a critical role in the production of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that help regulate your mood.
Alternatively, temperatures above 79°F can make it harder to think clearly, solve problems, and retain information. And anyone who has spent a summer here in Texas knows that higher temperatures can mean higher tempers! Being, sweaty, and uncomfortable makes it more difficult to work or sleep which can only make it harder to remain calm and collected.
Discover your perfect temperature by experimenting in each room. Aim for a refreshingly cool 67-68°F for sleep, a stimulating 72°F for work, and a relaxing 75-78°F for downtime. If winter blues dim your mood, consider adding a sun lamp that mimics natural sunlight and combats the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
And once you find the perfect balance, keep it there by having your HVAC system serviced twice a year. Don’t risk trying to work or live in the extreme temperatures that Texas is known for. Visit our website to learn about our tiered maintenance plans and schedule an appointment today.