In October 2008, my mother and I hired a contractor to replace our old single pane windows with new double pane windows. Since the evening the new windows were installed, I've had extreme difficulty falling and staying asleep when the outside temperature is between 40-60 degrees. These are the average temps at night in my region in the Fall and Spring. I never had any trouble sleeping in these temps when the old windows were kept closed. But now that we have these thick air-tight windows, the room is too stuffy and uncomfortable to fall asleep with them closed.
Everyone is telling me to "Open the windows for ventilation!" But I wake up congested if I open them even a crack when it's less than 60 degrees outside. So this is not an option. I'm afraid to turn up the furnace as we generally keep it on 69 degrees and that was a comfortable indoor temperature with the old windows. Last fall I also tried running in my bedroom a cool-mist humidifer and a stationary fan, but both had me waking up congested. Lastly, I have tried running the whole-house fan that's connected with our new furnace. When I run this fan and close the vent almost entirely, it helps me sleep and not be as congested. But it's still not as great as when I had the single pane windows. I want my normal sleep and health back!
Is there any way to make my bedroom better ventilated without blowing cold air or opening windows, both of which make me congested? I haven't tried a warm-mist humidifier, as I'm afraid anything "warm" will make the room even more stuffy. I would pay ANYTHING to be able to sleep comfortably again AND not wake up congested, both as the same time! Please help!!
Dave in Pittsburgh, PA