Babies and Temperature: Understanding Needs

Babies and Temperature: Understanding Needs

There are a few scenarios in which you might be considering changing up your home's standard thermostat settings, and one common example here is when you're bringing a newborn baby into the family. Babies have somewhat tighter ideal temperature ranges than adults and people of other ages do, and in some cases this might mean tweaking your home's HVAC and thermostat settings to accommodate them.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're proud to offer a wide range of HVAC services to clients around Bluffdale, Draper, Riverton, Lehi and nearby areas, including everything from heater and AC repairs to new installations and more. In this two-part blog series, we'll go over why babies have a somewhat tighter temperature range than others, plus some basic tips on both your thermostat and other factors related to the HVAC system that will help you keep them in the ideal range.

SIDS and the Dangers of Overheating Baby's Room

The most notable reason why babies have a tighter temperature range than adults is the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. This condition is still poorly understood, but it's believed that both overheating and excessive cold can play a role in SIDS, making temperature control particularly important.

For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises keeping babies' rooms no warmer than 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit when asleep - any higher and you might be putting them at risk for SIDS.

Importance of Seasonal Tune-Ups

In a place like Utah, which gets very hot springs and summers, it's essential that you make sure your HVAC system is in top condition before the temperatures really start to soar. We recommend having seasonal tune-ups performed at least twice a year, preferably in spring and fall, as this will help ensure your system is working properly and can keep up with any temperature changes during the season.

This will allow your system to work efficiently and maintain the ideal temperature range in your baby's room throughout the year.

Nursery Location

One important element to keep in mind when creating your baby's nursery is the location of the room. Make sure it's not near any windows that could allow direct sunlight in, as this can cause overheating and make it difficult for your HVAC system to keep up with temperature changes.

Additionally, try to avoid placing toys, furniture or other items too close to vents or radiators, as this can block airflow and make it difficult for the system to cool the room.

In part two of our series, we'll look at some other things to consider when setting up your baby's room, such as air quality and humidity - plus some other HVAC tips for keeping your baby's temperature ideal at all times. For more on this, or to learn about any of our HVAC services across Bluffdale, Draper, Riverton, Lehi or other parts of the state, speak to the staff at Airtime Heating & Cooling today.