Keeping Your Kids Safe While Using HVAC

 
Working to keep our children safe is an ever-evolving importance. We baby-proof by covering wall outlets, locking cabinets and drawers, and installing guard gates on stairs. In this process, it is important to also focus on our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit. There are several factors that can pose a threat to children if not secured. The following discusses some of the best ways to keep your kids safe while using an HVAC to maintain your home at a comfortable temperature.

 

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Preventing access to outdoor units

You want children to have free play outside for their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. However, you want to ensure a safe environment for them to build those skills. Because the outdoor unit is easy to access, it will undoubtedly attract the attention of curious explorers. It is large, noisy, and has some sharp edges. Secure your outdoor cabinet by adding a protective barrier, such as a fence, around the unit. A fence serves as a physical and visual barrier for children. Shrubs can be another option, but you will need to keep them at least three feet from the cabinet to promote proper airflow and so they don’t grow into the cabinet. Keeping vegetation away from your HVAC outdoor unit will also keep debris from entering the fan.

 


Maintaining comfortable room temperatures

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Because the outdoor temperature and humidity affect the performance of an HVAC unit, securing a comfortable temperature indoors is a priority. Infants, and newborns especially, are unable to regulate their own body temperature, making them vulnerable.  For safe sleeping conditions, the America Academy of Pediatrics advises ensuring your baby is not too hot to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Additionally, dressing your baby in light layers and providing a sleeping area out of direct blasts of air as this can cause a chill. Some experts suggest a temperature between 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. However, use your baby’s cues and note their comfort level, as each child is different.

 


Making home safe for allergen sufferers

More than 50 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies. Allergens enter the house through windows, doors, vents, and on our person. This can pose an issue as routine cleaning will not be sufficient in protecting those with asthma and respiratory conditions. There are several precautions to take to reduce our children’s exposure to allergens: clean curtains, bedding, and rugs on a regular basis, clean or leave shoes outdoors, winterize your home by sealing cracks and gaps around windows and doors, run air purifiers throughout the home for optimal air quality. Additionally, schedule maintenance service for a thorough cleaning with Waller Heating and Air Conditioning and their NATE-certified service technicians.

 


Monitor indoors

Being certain the thermostat is out of children’s reach or the remote is safely locked away will guarantee that temperature is regulated at an appropriate level. Also, securing plastic vent covers, in lieu of sharper metal ones, and installing a mesh behind them to keep little toys and trinkets out will secure your children.

Small steps for your children’s safety will safeguard the well-being of your family.
 
 

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