How to Select the Right Temperature for your Child’s Bedroom

  • Wednesday, 7th October, 2015

Selecting the right temperature for your child’s bedroom can be difficult to determine. These four tips will help you decide what temperature best suits your child and ways to implement these changes in simplest possible way. Your child will become happy and comfortable going to bed at night and waking up in the morning.

As parents we all want the best for our children and every child is different. If the right temperature could help them fall asleep at night then it is the parent’s responsibility to do everything they can to help the process along. Sleep is extremely important for children as it is a time when the brain develops and the body restores energy. On average a child will sleep from 9-13 hours a night depending on age. If your child struggles with sleeping the temperature in their room may be a contributing factor to their sleeping habits. Here are four tips to help your child be better rested and ready for each new day.

Test the temperature your child likes

Taking what temperature your child likes into consideration is crucial. The following step-by-step procedure is a simple method that can determine what your child is most comfortable with.

Step 1: Turn on the bedroom zone and set the temp to 22 degrees.

Step 2: Have the bedroom door shut and leave for 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Have you child walk into the bedroom and simply ask them if the room is too hot or too cold or just right. If 22° is just right ignore step 4.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 but set temp to 24° instead. (2 degrees can make a big difference).

Use your child’s answers to determine what temp should be most commonly used in their bedroom. If they are still saying it’s too hot or cold, keep doing the test with higher or lower temp until your child is comfortable.

 Think about the space

If your child is lucky enough to have a large room, it might be effective to turn on the zone or unit earlier than you normally would. This gives the room more time to adjust to your desired temperature depending on the season.

Our recommendation would be to turn on the zone two hours before the child goes to bed getting the perfect sleeping temperature to fall asleep faster. Most ducted air conditioning systems have timers you can pre-set to come on at a specific time. If you have a split system unit in your child’s bedroom turning it on manually two hours before will have the same effect.

Take the season into consideration

Whether its summer, autumn, winter or spring considering the seasonal temperature is important. The two months to be most concerned about are summer and winter. Sleeping in summer can be hard for children if the temperature in their room isn’t comfortable. Dehydration and perspiration from the heat will cause interrupted sleep which is not good for children to function well the next day.

To avoid sleepless summer nights we recommend turning on the air conditioning in your child’s zone in the morning before the heat sets in during the day. This will also save you money in the long run as your system won’t have to work as hard to cool each room down. Also keeping the bedroom door almost closed (only slightly ajar) will help keep the room cool and closing the blinds or curtains will reduce heat coming in from outside. In peak summer temperatures 20°-22° would be the most effective temperature for a little sleeper.

This also applies to winter months. On winter mornings the cold can have your child refusing to get out of bed, especially teenage children. Setting a temperature of 22°-24° will be most effective in avoiding this issue. Keeping windows and blinds closed will also stop cold air coming in.

Try not to forget about the cost

Lastly, while making your child’s bedroom comfortable is important, don’t forget about the cost to your household income. If your child likes the temp at 14° take into consideration how much more that will ultimately cost to maintain the low temperature. Try to negotiate a reasonable temperature.

Also, try to avoid letting your child have access to the controls of the air conditioning to their room. If not, this may increase money spent if your child puts the temperature to something you have not agreed upon.

We trust these four tips will help you determine what temperature best suits your child’s bedroom and how to implement that temp without making drastic changes. Please remember that your child’s preferred temp can be very different to an adults. So, these tips are important if you want your child to have the best night sleep possible.

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