Research indicates that the temperature for a babies’ room is between 16-20C, with the ideal room temperature being 18C.
Temperature regulation for babies is important as they don’t have the ability to safely control it themselves. Babies can’t actually regulate their body temperature until after 18 months of age.
If your baby gets too hot, they may be irritable, and their skin may be sweaty or mottled. And they can become dehydrated.
If your baby gets too cold and is in danger of being chilled they will become very quiet and still. Babies are not able to shiver like adults to generate heat, so babies that are too cold will not exert the energy it takes to cry, and may be uninterested in feeding.
When room temperature is regulated and maintained a baby will become more relaxed, gain weight and sleep longer. So, it makes sense to make sure your baby’s room is the right temperature….
If your baby’s room is getting too hot and too cold here are some simple suggestions of what you can do.
Step 1: Set up the cot in the best position in the room
Move the cot away from the windows in the room. Your windows are responsible for up to 95% of your solar heat gain in Summer and 45% of heat loss in winter.
Make sure the room is mould free and well ventilated as mould is dangerous for very small babies. Check out www.clearmould.co.nz for non-toxic mould removal, their product can safely remove mould and prevent it’s return for up to 3 months!
Step 2: Monitor room temperature settings
Most of the heat gain/ loss in your home comes from your single glazed windows so it pays to monitor the room temperature.
Step 3: Insulate the room for winter
1.Ideally use a radiant heater to heat the room in winter and turn off before sleep time. (Plunket recommends to keep heaters at least one metre away from materials that can burn, such as bedding, curtains, clothes, furniture and rugs. And only use one heater per outlet, as an electric heater will fully load an outlet.)
Step 4: Upgrade your windows
Did you know 95% of your summer heat gain comes from your windows? It makes sense to try to reduce the sun’s heat by improving your windows. So what are your options?
There is a new transparent window film available from Better Windows which reduces the heat loss in winter by stopping the heat escaping from your single paned glass and it also reduces some of the solar gain in making the room temperature more comfortable year round.
Penjerex insulation film was designed specifically to suit the environmental temperature needs of New Zealand homes. It upgrades the thermal performance of your windows and creates better insulation and heat control. With your windows and creates better insulation and heat control. Penjerex film is virtually transparent, so you will hardly notice it’s there keeping your view and the character of your home just the way you like it.
With an insulation improvement of 44%, Penjerex film is 95% as efficient as double glazing* In summer, it reduces the heat from solar gain by 40%, so your room temperature is more comfortable all year round.
Want to know more about how window films can keep your children’s rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter? check out our explainer video explaining how window film can help to maintain the temperature you want year round.
If your looking to improve your baby’s room insulation- give us a call at Better windows for a no obligation free quote we can insulate, ventilate and heat or cool your home with our energy efficient solutions.