“Mom, it’s so hot in here.”
“Ugh, I can’t sleep! I’m sticky and sweaty!”
“I feel like I’m going to pass out in there: can I just sleep on the couch?”
Although these are phrases that we never want to hear, such complaints are certainly warranted if your child can’t get comfortable in their bedrooms. Don’t assume that such nagging is simply a result of your children trying to be difficult.
After all, consider the long-term impact of your child’s inability to get comfortable in their own space such as…
· Poor sleep quality, which ultimately impacts their performance at school and wrecks their mood
· Feelings of isolation and loneliness: if they don’t have their own spot in the house that feels like “theirs,” your child could lash out as a result
· Potential health concerns: after all, sleeping in a hot room could aggravate existing breathing problems or result in overheating
Granted that there isn’t an existing problem with your air conditioner, there are likely other culprits keeping your child from getting comfortable that you can easily take care of. Consider the following five strategies to cooling down any given room without dealing with an AC nightmare.
Make Sure There’s Shade
Especially if your child’s bedroom faces direct sunlight day after day, there’s a good chance that your windows are the main offender when it comes to heat. As a result, you need to make sure that some sort of shading solution is keeping heat out of the room instead of lingering. If your current cheap curtains or blinds aren’t cutting it, consider instead investing in solar shades to give your child an extra layer of protection from the sun.
While this may seem like a no-brainer, some climates simply warrant fans year-round to circulate air in any given room. Especially if you’re living in the southeast or somewhere like Houston or Orlando where seasons hardly exist, expect to have some sort of fan running during bedtime beyond your ceiling fan. From bed-side fans to bigger tower fans, there are plenty of budget options out there from big box stores.
Rethink Your Kids’ Sheets
Lightweight, light-colored and cotton should be the name of the game when it comes to your kids’ bedding. On the flip side, any dark solid-colored patterns or polyester sheets need to be tossed in lieu of something softer that won’t hang onto heat.
Turn Down the Lights
If your child’s room is filled with lamps and light fixtures, consider either softer bulbs or relying on natural light. Although something such as a desk lamp isn’t going to raise the temperature in your child’s room, you should encourage your child to keep any and all lights off when they aren’t present just to be safe.
Invest in a Smarter Thermostat
There’s a chance that you might just be a bit stingy when it comes to the AC, which is totally fine for those looking to save a buck. However, it might be worthwhile to look into a smart thermostat such as the ever-so-popular Nest which effectively changes temperatures in your house based on your preferences.
For example, it makes sense to leave the thermostat higher during the day when nobody’s home; meanwhile, this allows you to cool things down during nighttime. Putting these settings on autopilot is less of a headache for you and saves you cash in the long-run.
Don’t let your child succumb to discomfort because of a hot bedroom. With these tips in mind, you can cool them off and keep them happy without breaking the bank.