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Is Air Conditioning Safe for a Baby?

As temperatures heat up, we find ourselves blasting the AC to combat the uncomfortable hot and humid conditions. For some areas, air conditioning seems like a necessity. But what happens when you have a baby at home? Could all of that cold air cause a chill or weaken your baby’s immune system? We’re here to set the record straight.

Is air conditioning safe for a baby? Short answer, yes! Your baby’s temperature is no different from your own, according to Pediatrician, Dr. Alvin N Eden. Babies are much more comfortable in a cool environment, as opposed to a hot and muggy room. With that being said, there are some air conditioning precautions you can take to ensure your baby is comfortable and safe.

Keep things cool, but not too cool: Keeping the temperatures between 72 and 78 degree make for a safe, yet comfortable environment for a baby. Set your unit to run at this steady temperature, and even opt for energy saving mode where the ac turns on and off periodically.

Position your baby away from a direct burst of air: You’ll want to make sure that your baby isn’t right next to your unit or vents, to avoid them catching a chill or having cold air blowing right on their delicate skin.

Keep them covered: Make sure to dress your child appropriately anytime they are in an air conditioned room. Keeping them covered lightly in clothing that covers their arms and legs, or even a light blanket is important for their safety and health.

Make sure to clean your AC: Scheduling regular maintenance or cleaning of your air conditioner is highly recommended, especially when you have a baby in the room. Proper servicing will keep your unit working efficiently, but will also avoid having dust and free radicals fill the air, which can potentially be dangerous to you and your small child.

Are you ready to have your air conditioner serviced? Keep your little ones safe and give Wahl a call! For any of your heating, cooling and plumbing needs, we’re here to help answer all of your questions. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (412) 265-2662 or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.