We want our children to be comfortable, especially when they’re in bed, but before you touch that temperature dial consider these tips to manage your energy use.
Having a baby means you are at home far more than you may be used to, and as a result, your energy usage will most likely increase. To make sure you’re not paying more than you need to we chatted to energy expert Anne Armansin to get some tips on effective heating and cooling use in a baby’s room.
4 tips to getting your baby’s room temperature right
1. Seal the doors and windows
“Well-sealed doors and windows will ensure that draughts are kept at bay and that hot and cold air is kept in the room where you want it,” says Anne. “This is a great example of how a simple check could help maximise your heating and cooling efficiency.”
2. Consider your curtains and blinds
Anne reminded us that the right curtains and blinds can help keep the heat in during winter, and out during summer. “If you can keep out the summer sun and keep your heat in the room in winter, you’re already off to an efficient start,” she says.
Consider hanging curtains with pelmets, or blinds that can be drawn to keep out the winter cold and hot summer heat and remember to ensure any cords are out of reach of babies and small children at all times.
3. Correctly position your bassinet
The position of your bassinet can be easy to overlook Anne advises, but it can make a difference. “Where possible try to position your cot or bassinet away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords,” says Anne. “Just think that if you bassinet was directly under or above a vent, your baby would be very close to the heating/cooling source. A more comfortable option would be in away from the vent.”
4. Consider a small appliance to use during nappy changes
“If you’re not in the baby’s room all day you may not want to keep it cool or warm all the time,” says Anne, “But of course, you want to be comfortable when you are in the room for nappy changes, or maybe naps. Consider using a small heating or cooling appliance that you can just turn on for a short time, it could be all that’s needed. A small unit would mean you wouldn’t need to heat or cool the room at all times.”
Anne’s top tips on fans
- When considering potential running costs, ceiling, pedestal or desk fans use the least energy, costing on average less than two cents per hour to run.
- Plug in electric heaters the potential to use more energy than other types of heaters to run (a 1500W heater costs about 40 cents per hour to run).
- A 2.5 kW reverse cycle air conditioner in your baby’s room has approximate running costs of 22 cents per hour.
- Remember to maintain temperatures around 20˚C in winter and 24˚C in summer and remember every degree higher you set your thermostat in winter (lower in summer) will increase your energy consumption and unit running cost by about 10%
Please note: Thermal stress (overheating) has been implicated in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for many years and avoiding overheating has been one of the strategies to reduce the risk of SIDS. However, the SIDS and Kids organisation states: “It is not necessary to monitor the room temperature or to leave the heating or cooling on all night as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room is there is any evidence to show that maintaining a specific room temperature prevents sudden infant death.”
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