When you’re setting up your baby’s nursery, one of the factors to keep in mind is air quality. Having proper ventilation and the right temperature helps ensure that your baby has healthy air to breathe and a comfortable sleeping environment. The following nursery ventilation and HVAC tips can help you keep your baby safe and comfortable.
Maintain a Comfortable Temperature
While it’s common to assume that babies need a lot of warmth and heat in winter, don’t raise your thermostat too high. Having the room too hot in winter can make it stuffy and uncomfortable for your baby. Keeping the temperature in your baby’s room between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit provides enough warmth in winter and cool air in summer. This temperature range also helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Use a Fan
Having a fan on can help improve ventilation and air circulation in your baby’s nursery, which can also lower the risk of SIDS. However, make sure that fans aren’t aimed at your baby, whether you’re turning on a ceiling fan or using a portable fan. If you have a ceiling fan, place your baby’s crib against a wall rather than directly under the fan.
Consider a Ductless HVAC System
A ductless mini-split heat pump system provides you with a convenient way to control the temperature inside your baby’s room. If the nursery tends to stay colder in winter when the heat is on, a ductless system allows you to warm it up more without making the rest of your home too hot.
Control Humidity Levels
If your baby’s room does not have good ventilation, humidity levels can become too high or low. High levels promote the growth of mold and bacteria. Low levels can cause skin irritation and respiratory problems for your baby. Use a dehumidifier or humidifier as needed to maintain a healthy amount of humidity in your nursery. Keep in mind that whole house dehumidifiers and humidifiers are an option.
If you need more information on nursery ventilation for your San Antonio home, please contact Beyer Boys.