The joys of parenthood are numerous, and the tasks involved with baby-prepping a home are equally plentiful. Do you have a section on your list for HVAC tasks? From leak inspections to comfort system upgrades, expectant parents should do several things around the house before the baby arrives.
Water Leak Inspection
Inspect your home for any signs of a water leak. A water leak can showcase itself in the form of visible puddles of water, but it may also do so in subtler ways, such as an increase in your water bill and discoloration on walls and floors. Check for leaks before baby arrives because not only is water damage
costly, but with moisture comes mold.
A developing child exposed to mold in the home is very dangerous since babies typical have weaker immune systems than adults. A weakened immune system means that a child can get sick very easily since their body’s defense system is not developed fully.
A developing baby is at risk for a variety of mold-caused health concerns that may follow them throughout their entire life.
The air ducts that flow throughout a home can be a dangerous place. An excessive collection of dust, allergen particles, vermin, and mold, are all commonly known to settle inside air ducts.
The most dangerous thing about this is that each time you power on your furnace or air conditioning unit, some of this debris gets pushed out into the air that flows through your home. Exposure to particle-filled air can irritate an infant. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned for more than five years, have a professional clean them out before the baby comes.
During the inspection, a technician will also check the ducts for leaks. Duct leaks can make the baby’s room too hot or too cold, which will make them uncomfortable. Duct leaks are also costly in terms of your heating and cooling costs.
Outdated systems and wiring is a common cause of electrical fires. Protect your baby from a fire threat by having your electrical system inspected today, especially if you live in a home that is more than 20 years old.
In addition to outdated designs, an electrical system overload is another cause for concern. If you have made several changes to your home in preparation for the baby – such as add on a new room, purchase large appliances, and upgraded light fixtures – your electrical system might not be prepared to handle your new energy demands.
Avoid a system overload by having a professional upgrade your electrical system. They can alleviate your concerns about a system overload and add new outlets and breakers around the house to accommodate the new appliances.
Not sure whether it’s time to perform some upgrades on your electrical system? If there are extension cords all over your house, the answer is a clear yes.
Programmable Thermostat Installation
Babies want what they want, and most importantly, they want it now. You might find yourself a little tired as you adjust to life with a new baby. And on the occasion when you can get a few extra minutes of shut-eye, catch up on your favorite book or snuggle in front of the television, the last thing you want to do is get up and make the journey downstairs to adjust the thermostat.
Install a programmable thermostat now so that you don’t have to. In addition to allowing you to pre-set the temperature in your home based on the day and time of day, some models also have applications that enable you to control the thermostat from your smartphone.
From baby-prep and beyond, HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Drains is here to help. Contact us today to see how we can help you.