Warmer Homes and Healthy Hearts: How Raising the Thermostat Could Save Your Life
It’s not just about your comfort; it’s about your health. According to a study published in Family Practice News, maintaining a warm home could be the key to avoiding the dangerous blood pressure spikes that take place in the morning and helping keep it under better control throughout the day.
For the study, researchers selected 140 men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 who were considered to be in good health. They separated them into two groups: one that would sleep in a room kept at 54 degrees Fahrenheit and one that would sleep in a 72-degree room. The participants were allowed to use any clothing or covers to stay warm during the experiment, and researchers measured their blood pressure at half-hour intervals throughout the night and upon awakening in the morning.
At the end of the study, the results showed that the systolic blood pressure of those who had slept in the cooler room was an average of seven points higher than those had slept in the 72-degree room when they woke up. The colder group also had a larger surge in systolic blood pressure.
Because morning spikes in blood pressure have been shown to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death, especially in smokers, this study could prove life-saving to those who choose to maintain a higher home temperature this winter. With a heart’s transition from rest to activity in the morning, the increased temperature could drop its stress level to such a degree that it decreases the cardiovascular danger of a homeowner.
At Adamstree Roofing, we are highly in favor of the health of our customers. That’s why we want to help them maintain the warm environment they need for heart health this winter. One of the main reasons why homeowners choose to sleep in colder environments is the cost of energy. However, by maintaining a secure roof and sealed windows, the cost of heating a home can be drastically reduced.
When roofs have cracks or leaks, they can allow pricy warm air to escape from the top of your home, causing your furnace to work overtime. The same goes for windows. If there are cracks or gaps in or around them, the cold air will pass through, lowering the indoor temperature of a home. That’s why it’s important to make sure both home elements are sealed and ready for winter by having a professional roof inspection and, if necessary, window replacements.
At Adamstree Roofing, we offer free roof inspections and can visit your property to look for damage that may be affecting the temperature of your home. Our crews evaluate the condition of your shingles, flashings and structure to make sure it is ready to handle the winter weather. We also provide professional window replacement services and can remove your old windows and install new, weather-ready pieces that protect your home from drafts.
This winter, if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, try to avoid sleeping in a cold room. Even if you are wearing multiple layers of clothes, your blood pressure may spike too high too fast when you get out of bed and step into the cold air. Instead, make sure your bedroom is warm and comfortable and don’t worry about the energy bills. If you’ve covered your bases regarding your roof and windows, you’ll be able to save money and keep a better budget while managing your health.
For a free roof inspection or more information, call Adamstree Roofing today!