The HVAC system is crucial in ensuring the comfort of babies and children at home. The cooling comfort the air conditioning system provides, and the warmth provided by the gas furnace or heat pump all help in keeping a child healthy and comfortable. Hence, the HVAC system must be well-maintained in homes that have young children.
Benefits of a well-maintained HVAC system on child health
An optimally-working air conditioning and heating system will significantly benefit any child. This is true as well for children with special needs and those who may be immunocompromised. These children need all the more, the comfort and health benefits a comfortable indoor climate brings.
Here are some of the benefits of an optimally-efficient, and adequately maintained Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system on a child:
- Less indoor pollution. Indoor pollution can affect the health of infants and children. It is best to have a well-maintained HVAC system that helps curb indoor air pollution. Among the classic indoor pollutants include molds and mildew, dust and dust mites, and pet dander. These can all affect over-all health and comfort levels, especially on children. Molds for one can put children, especially the immunocompromised, in great health risk. Having a properly functioning air conditioning system can help minimize the possibility of ill health due to poor indoor air quality.
- Good indoor air quality. Good indoor air quality can help children feel more comfortable. A highly humid environment can make them feel uneasy, cranky even. A comfortably relaxed atmosphere is the best for them, especially during the hot summer months. At the same breath, uneven warming, and cold spots around the house can affect their health. Respiratory ailments can get triggered by such an environment.
- Less allergic reactions. Allergic rhinitis can be a bane among children. A highly-maintained air conditioning unit and heater can be great in minimizing allergic rhinitis and the discomfort that accompanies it.
- It keeps bronchial asthma at bay. For children with bronchial asthma, a well-maintained HVAC can help weed out allergens in the air. While dust and dust mites can trigger asthma, a poorly functioning HVAC can also affect their respiratory health and trigger their asthmatic conditions.
- Healthier skin. A comfortable indoor climate can help prevent flare-ups because of skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, eczema, rashes, and skin asthma. While it cannot mainly prevent breakouts, but keeping the children’s skin fresh and not sweaty all the time, can help prevent bacteria and other breakout triggers from affecting the child’s skin.
- Better sleep health. Children that are comfortably cool during summer months and pleasantly warm over winter can sleep better. They feel much better; hence they can doze off quickly compared to those who may not have adequate warmth or cooling. Ill-maintained HVAC systems may produce uneven cooling or warming. This means that the child’s bedroom may not be as warm or as cold as it should be. Hence they get trouble sleeping.
Good sleep health is essential to children, especially for those suffering from childhood cancer pain, and have immune systems that are compromised because of their childhood illnesses. Children with good sleep health also tend to be more receptive to learning because their minds have been well-rested the night before. Their bodies have rested and recharged well too, so they become more energetic and more active, Their immunity is more robust when they get to sleep at least 10 hours a night, and much of that is due to pleasant indoor climate. When they keep on tossing or turning because of uneven warmth or cooling, they find it hard to sleep, and they may wake up at night, too, disturbing their sleep pattern.
- Better mood. A sound HVAC system can prevent a child from feeling uneasy due to an uncomfortable indoor climate. When they do not feel uneasy, and have had a good night’s rest, they are less likely to feel cranky and have temper tantrums.
- Better hair care. Some children will sweat in the head and have hair that is way too oily. Others have dull and dry hair, which can also be due to an uneven indoor climate. Too cold or too warm can affect a child’s hair. They are less likely to sweat nor feel too itchy when the home has a comfortable indoor climate.
As parents, homeowners have to realize that they have to stay on top of home HVAC maintenance chores. There is maintenance work that they can carry out. These include periodic replacement of filter, and cleaning up the air registers, vents, and outdoor unit. Ensuring that nothing blocks the airflow of the condenser and air registers will also help keep the HVAC running in optimal condition. Also, scheduling a preventive maintenance check at least twice a year can help keep the heating and cooling systems working in top shape.