There’s no doubt it’s hot in Phoenix during the summer, and when you’re pregnant, the summer heat can be magnified. But the good news is you can breeze through the triple digits in the summer when you have the perfect house temperature. And before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful bundle of joy to cuddle and nurture.
What Is the Perfect House Temperature?
Room temperature is averaged at 78ºF, but it may not be the perfect house temperature for you. You might find 80ºF is good sometimes, while other times 74ºF is more realistic. The best way to regulate temperature is to use a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat to lower or increase the temperature can also help you save on energy costs.
Our body temperatures fluctuate throughout the day as well, and hormones play a role in how warm or cool you feel. Of course, when you’re pregnant, you know your hormones are on the move. Those extra hormones can affect how warm or cool you want your home to be. Focus on your comfort first.
Cooler Nighttime Temperatures
Many homeowners choose to lower their thermostats at night, mostly for two reasons. One, energy is usually cheaper during off-peak hours, so cooling down the house overnight makes sense. Two, many of us tend to sleep hotter than we are during the day.
Lower temperatures can be comforting during those last months of a pregnancy when the baby’s extra body heat kicks in. Almost 80% of women experience night sweats and it can make it impossible to go to sleep. After you’ve changed the temperature it can be unbearably cold when you wake up. Having a timer on your thermostat can be one of the most helpful things for an expecting mother.
Ways to Stay Cool This Summer
Even with maintaining the perfect house temperature, it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to have times when they’re still too warm. There’s no need to freeze out your family; here are some solutions:
Get a small fan. If you’re the only one who’s feeling hot, a portable fan focused right on your face or torso can make a world of difference.
Take a dip in the pool. A cool splash in the pool can do wonders when you’re feeling too warm. As an added bonus, the body is lighter in water, which can be a welcome relief in the latter stages of pregnancy.
Try cool compresses. Ice packs and cold washcloths help to lower body temperature quickly. Plus, they can feel amazing on a hot summer day.
Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes. Cotton and linen are natural, lightweight fabrics to help to keep you cool during higher temperatures. Steer clear of polyester and wool, which trap heat and sweat.
Contact Forrest Anderson with Your Cooling Needs
If you feel as if your air conditioner isn’t keeping your home as cool as it should be, there might a problem with your AC unit. Forrest Anderson provides 24/7 emergency support when you have issues, and we can complete a proactive inspection of your HVAC system to be sure you’re ready for summer! We’ll help you get the perfect house temperature so you can focus on bringing that new little person safely into the world.