Nursery Safety: Setting the Nursery Temperature
The temperature in Orlando varies quite a bit over the year. And if you have a baby at home, this can cause problems.
Children under a year old are sensitive to temperature, and there’s a narrow comfort window in which they need to be kept, in order to stay healthy. If you crank up the furnace, they can overheat, which increases the likelihood of SIDS.
Here are some tips for regulating your nursery temperature properly.
The Ideal Nursery Temperature
A baby’s environment should be kept between about 68 and 72 degrees. In hotter climates like ours, it can go up to 75. However, don’t take the number on the thermostat as gospel. Have it calibrated by an HVAC technician to make sure it’s displaying the accurate temperature.
Also keep in mind that temperatures can vary from room to room, so if the thermostat is placed somewhere else, the nursery might be warmer or cooler. Check your baby’s forehead or stomach with your hand, to see if they feel warm or cool.
Keeping Your Baby Comfortable
If you want to regulate temperature more effectively, consider a zoning system. The nursery is designated as its own area, separate from the rest of the house, with its own thermostat that can be set to the proper level, while keeping the rest of your home comfortable for you.
You may be tempted to go the cheaper route and put a space heater in the baby’s room to keep them warm. If you do, keep it on the other side of the room from the crib, to avoid overheating. Don’t overbundle your child either. A good, lightweight blanket and one layer of pajamas should be fine.
Many experts recommend sleeping in the same room as your baby for the first six months. This lets you monitor the temperature more carefully and get a feel for what your child is comfortable with, which can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS.
To learn more about regulating your nursery temperature, contact us at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We’re the trusted source for all of Orlando’s heating and cooling needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).