Perfect House Temperature for Summer Pregnancies

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 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.f

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.

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Things to know before you turn on the Air Conditioning

Summer will soon be upon us, and before you know it, we will be in the midst of dust storms and high temperatures once again. Our homes can serve as a sanctuary from the blistering summer heat, offering refreshing air conditioning after a long day. But, there are a few things you should be doing regularly to make sure your A/C runs efficiently and lasts for years to come. Forrest Anderson is here to help. Here are a few tips to help you with your air conditioning maintenance before, and during, the summer.

Air Conditioning Spring Cleaning

Before you turn your A/C on for the first time, it’s important to check a few things first. Checking and changing the filters is an essential part of air conditioning maintenance that you can do yourself. This will make sure that your system won’t be adding more dust and debris to your home. In addition, making sure your filters are clean will help your unit work more efficiently by providing an unrestricted air flow, giving you and your family clean and cool air all summer long.

Spring cleaning is also a great time to take your garden hose and give the outside portion of your unit a good cleaning. Set the nozzle to a fine spray and rinse the unit from top to bottom.* This will remove any debris and dust that may have built up inside the unit during winter.

*Be careful to only spray the coil section of the unit. There are electrical items near the outside that should not get wet. If you’re unsure of what part to spray call Forrest Anderson.

Get a Professional’s Help

It’s common for the interior portion of your air conditioning system to need some maintenance and minor repairs from time to time. It’s always a good idea to have a professional complete some routine air conditioning maintenance and perform any minor repairs before you turn your system on for the first time.

Forrest Anderson offers a great Comfort and Convenience Club™ to provide you with the best air conditioning maintenance throughout the year. This plan offers two inspections per year, to make sure your system is ready, regardless of the weather. Our mission is to keep small problems from becoming bigger problems.

During your spring air conditioning maintenance visit, our certified professionals will check various areas of your system including:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Electrical connections
  • Amp draws on every motor
  • Evaporator and condenser coils
  • Wash condenser coils
  • Drain pan and pipe
  • Thermostat operation
  • Indoor air flow
  • Air filters
  • Duct connections
  • And more!

Your certified Forrest Andersen technician will be able to spot any potential problems during your air conditioning maintenance and offer the best solutions to ensure these minor issues don’t turn into major problems. We firmly believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and take every step to make sure your air conditioner is well maintained, regardless of the weather or time of day.

Forrest Anderson offers a variety of services and maintenance plans to meet your specific, individual needs. With regular air conditioning maintenance, you can rely on a dependable, working system for years to come. In addition, this routine air conditioner maintenance will help your system to run more efficiently, which helps lower your electricity costs.

Quality Work, Exceptional Service

Forrest Anderson has been serving Glendale, Phoenix and the surrounding areas for more than 68 years. In our 3rd generation now, we remain committed to the beliefs of our founder. Dedicated to exceeding your expectations, our technicians provide a consistent, high-quality experience with every service call.

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Benefits of Adding Aromatherapy to an Air Filter

Looking for a way to cheaply and instantly freshen up your home? Try adding essential oil or aromatherapy oil to your air filter. When you turn on your AC, your home will be filled with a light, fresh scent all day long.

Plug-in Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals

Many plug-in air fresheners contain harmful chemicals and are far more costly than essential oil. Essential oils are a natural product, coming from natural aromatic compounds found in bark, leaves, stems, seeds, and other parts of plants. They are the perfect natural compounds for eliminating odors and funky smells in your home without using potentially dangerous chemicals.

Essential Oils Offer Many Natural Benefits

In addition to making your home smell great, essential oils offer additional benefits:

  • Tea tree and lavender disinfect, calm, and protect your home from pests such as dust mites.
  • Cypress, eucalyptus, and rosemary prevent bacteria from growing in your home.
  • Cinnamon, lemon and thyme help stop the spread of viruses.
  • Eucalyptus, sage, and sandalwood kill off fungus.
  • Bergamot, clove, and oregano are all natural antibiotics.

How to Add Aromatherapy to an Air Filter

It only takes a few moments to enhance your air filter with the sweet, therapeutic smells of essential oils.

  • Start with a new, fresh air filter.
  • Choose your oil. Remember that mixing oils can be a great combination, not only for your nose but your health as well.
  • Spread 20 drops total (of one or mixed) across the air filter. The oil should adhere easily and quickly, allowing you to install the filter right away.
  • When your air turns on, you should immediately begin to smell the fragrance filling your home.

Change Your Air Filter Every 30 Days

The fresh scent will slowly start to die off after around 30 days, which—as luck would have it—is when you should change your air filter. That’s a good time to change the scent, or you can stay with what you like. Either way, you’re putting natural oils into your home rather than chemical fragrances. That’s something to feel good about.

Before the temperatures hit the triple digits, be sure your air conditioning unit is in tip-top shape. Before you know it, it’ll be running almost constantly, and you don’t want to find out too late you have issues. Contact us at Forrest Anderson to schedule your inspection.

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