Question About Turning Down The Heat
Q:“Due to financial issues with the cost for natural gas, I’m needing to keep the house pretty cool this winter…far cooler than I’M comfortable with, that’s for sure. We have a 6 month old (who is 21lbs) and a 2.5 year old, both are constantly dressed in layers, at least a onesie with a warm outer layer and socks/shoes. The thermostat is at 66. Is this okay?”
A: I wish my wife would let me keep the thermostat this low! I love to sleep in a very cold room, snuggled in thick covers. But, is this okay for young children? Newborns have little ability to regulate their own temperature, but as they get older, this becomes less of a problem. I don’t think 66 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold, this is only 2 degrees less than usual. Just be sure they are dressed warmly. Hands and feet are usually a good indicator, but if the body is bundled, and the extremities are not, then they will feel cold. If kids are wearing gloves and socks, and hands/feet are still cold, then they probably need more bundling.
~Dr. Bill Sears