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James Watson – Content Manager
James Watson has remarkable experience in the home improvement industry (specialized in ac repairs), which he built himself through years of hard work. However, that doesn’t deprive him of sharing tips and tricks to make everyone’s life better. Currently, James resides in Las Vegas, with his wife Angelina, and has two kids Jack and Lisa.
Baby Room and Air Conditioner: How Safe Is It?
An air conditioner (AC) is not considered a luxury but a necessity for your baby to sleep restfully and grow healthy.
Newborns are prone to heat-related issues and a cool room that is properly supervised will keep your infant safe and comfortable.
Which type of AC is the Best for Your Baby’s Room?
Baby doctors suggest using an air conditioner with precaution to help your darlings sleep comfortably and grow better. Unlike adults, babies are sensitive to changes in temperature they are prone to overheating and victims of skin allergies, rashes, dehydration, and other heat-related baby issues.
A properly cooled and ventilated room will give your newborn a restful sleep and cuts the threat of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Any brand, model of AC will work for a baby as long as it well supervised when it is kicked on.
Maintain a comfortable room temperature
Outside factors could get the room chilly or warm quickly which makes the baby feel uneasy. The recommended temperature is between 23°C to 26°C. Set the timer for the period it takes to cool the room. Use an alarm clock if your AC has no timer and if it has no temperature display manually monitor the temperature with a thermometer.
Keep baby warm
Keep your baby away from the direct impact of cold air, do not lay him in front of the AC. Wrap the arms and legs with a light cloth, the head with a cap, and socks for the feet. After checking the chest, neck, and feet and it feels cold tuck the darling with a blanket beneath his elbows to keep it from landing in his face.
If the baby cries after all of these preparations, he might be perspiring remove some layers to keep him cool.
Avoid dry skin
Constant exposure to AC might dry his skin leave a bowl of water to keep the room moist.
If baby has dry nasal passages dip a cotton bud in oil and wipe it in both nostrils, with clearance from the doctor before applying.
Get your AC serviced regularly
Read the manual for details to learn when and how maintenance should be done. An efficient functioning AC will ensure cool air to to keep baby smiling and mommy too.
Be vigilant, continuously monitor the surroundings of your infant’s room. Furniture tends to tip-over after their declining years. There were reported cases of tip-over injuries and deaths, a cabinet repair will keep your child from being included in the list.
Advantages and Disadvantages of AC in Baby’s Room
Aside from providing comfort to your baby there are other benefits derived from installing an AC in his room.
- Extreme temperature increases the psychological stress in children. An AC will relieve them from this allowing them to develop better.
- Cuts the presence of pollen and dust particles diminishing allergic reactions making them breathe easier.
- Reduce the risk of contracting air-borne diseases such as tuberculosis.
A continuous exposure to a cool environment will lower your infant’s body temperature exposing him to mucosa irritation, colds, flu, and other respiratory ailments. Also, expect your electric bill to rise.
Signs of an AC Failure
You turn on your AC to get comforted from the scorching heat. If you don’t get the relief that you’re expecting there is something wrong and you need the services of an AC repair technician to fix the problem.
No cool air
Your vent isn’t cold at all even if the switch is turned to the maximum setting. It could be from a compressor failure or the Freon level is low.
Poor air flow
A weak or little airflow indicates a clogged air conditioning vents. Debris needs to be removed to restore airflow.
Normally, the AC should be fairly quiet when turned on. You should not hear crunching, screeching, grating or any unusual sounds.
The presence of moisture around the system indicates problems. It could be a refrigerant leak which poses serious health problems or a blocked drain tube which is a minor issue.
Different smells show a malfunction of the components in your AC. If not repaired quickly it could escalate into a major issue.
- Dirty socks suggest the presence of mold or mildew.
- Rotten eggs indicate the decomposing body of an animal.
- Skunk is from a gas leak.
- Gunpowder is derived from a defective printed circuit board or a defective motor.