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It's Baby Safety Month -- HVAC Tips to Keep Baby Safe

Baby in ducky robe enjoying safe and comfortable home.

September is Baby Safety Month and the perfect opportunity to have your HVAC or furnace unit inspected and serviced, especially with Fall just around the corner. There are several options for cooling and heating your home: central heat and air, heat pumps, and ductless units. Keeping these units well-maintained can help everyone in the family breathe cleaner air.

Keeping little ones safe

Keeping the baby safe and healthy is the top priority for parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Now is an ideal time to put some simple steps into action and have your HVAC unit inspected and serviced. Here are some tips to help ensure your baby will be safe and healthy.

One of the most common questions new parents ask is whether using air conditioning is safe for their baby. YES. Since humid temperatures are not suitable for newborns, a properly ventilated room can help prevent the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Best house temperature for baby

A precious new baby is delightful, and you want to keep them safe. You want to get everything just right, including the ideal room temperature. Babies tend to get fussy if it's too chilly. But an overheated room is more dangerous. To ensure your infant is both safe and comfortable, follow these tips from the experts at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning.

Ideal Temperature for Your Baby's Room

The ideal recommended temperature for a nursery is 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that your baby will likely be as comfortable as you are—if it's too cool for you, it's more than likely too cool for your baby.

Here are some other recommendations to keep your baby comfortable and safe: 

  • Dress your baby appropriately for the season
  • Use light bedding
  • Install an attic ventilator to help the air conditioner perform better.
  • Ensure the crib is away from floor or wall vents to prevent cold/heated air from blowing directly onto your baby.
  • Open windows to air out your baby's room and allow fresh air in if the seasonal temperatures are 68-72 degrees.
  • An overhead fan improves air circulation; offset your baby's bed so that it is not directly under the fan and set the fan on the slowest speed.
  • Keep your baby well hydrated.
  • If your baby starts showing signs of overheating, sweating, damp hair, rapid breathing, flushed cheeks, and heat rash, remove layers of clothing to help your baby cool off.
  • Add an extra layer of clothing, such as a sleep sack, but don't over-bundle during cold temperatures.
  • Keep all blankets, quilts, and comforters out of your baby's bed to avoid the risk of suffocation.
  • The head helps regulate body temperature; babies don't need a hat at bedtime.
  • If a space heater is required, do not place it near your infant's bed. Direct the warm air away from your baby. Request a heater installation.
Read more: Cool and comfy: This is the Ideal Room Temperature for Baby
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Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Nothing is more important than a well-maintained HVAC unit when it comes to regulating the temperature in your home. Turn to the experts at One Hour Heating & AirConditioning for all your maintenance, repairs, and equipment replacement. We can also install programmable thermostats that you can preset and control remotely to regulate your home's temperature.

For more heating and cooling tips or scheduling HVAC services in your area, don't hesitate to get in touch with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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