It’s no secret that babies are less capable of regulating their body temperatures, leaving Pinellas County, Florida, parents concerned about their air conditioner usage. Fortunately, running the air conditioner is safer than leaving it off, since babies are more comfortable in cooler environments than in hot, stuffy rooms.
What the Pediatricians Say
Pediatricians recommend keeping the baby’s room at about 70 degrees. The primary concern is keeping the baby away from a direct draft, so keep the crib away from air vents and registers. To ensure baby is comfortable, dress him or her in appropriate layers, but avoid overdressing at all costs. It’s better to err on the cooler side than to risk overheating your child.
How to Keep Track of the Temperature
As a new parent, you worry about feeding and sleep schedules, coughs, hiccups, and what outfit the baby should wear to bed. The last thing you want to worry about is your HVAC settings. Still, it’s important to check your settings regularly to make sure they’re suitable for a newborn or toddler. The recommended range for babies is from 68 to 72 degrees.
You can make your life easier by upgrading to a smart thermostat, which lets you monitor and adjust your home’s temperature from your mobile device. When you’re worn out and breastfeeding, there’s nothing like picking up your phone and making those adjustments.
Dress Baby Appropriately
Especially during the summer when you run the air conditioner more often, it’s important to cover baby’s arms and legs during sleep. Light clothing is best, or even a thin sleep sack. Thicker clothing is a good option for winter, but don’t add too many layers. And never put a blanket or bed covering in the crib with your baby during unsupervised sleep.
Prepare your HVAC system for baby’s arrival by calling Advanced Cooling Systems at 866-827-7662. We can even ensure your indoor air quality is healthy enough for your new addition to the family.
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