What’s the ideal room temperature?
Arguments over the thermostat can get pretty heated. Some believe that it’s cheaper to continue heating the home at all times because it costs more money to heat it up from cold. Others firmly believe that you should only turn your central heating on when you need to. If you’re not sure about how to maintain the correct temperature in your home, read our guide to setting the right temperature.
We’ll explore the best temperature for day and night time, how warm your home should be for a newborn baby and how to keep elderly people comfortable. We’ll also break down the changes you should make during summer and winter to help keep your home at the optimal temperature.
What is the average room temperature?
Studies have shown that people in the UK keep their homes at around 18°C but, if you ask people what the ideal temperature is, most will say around 21°C. People are probably trying to save money on their energy bills, as reducing your thermostat by just a few degrees can add up throughout the year.
How warm should my house be?
The ideal temperature for your home is around 18-19°C. This is known as the ambient temperature, and it will ensure your home is comfortable without feeling stuffy. Dropping your thermostat by as little as 1°C could save you around 10% on your annual energy bills. This is according to research by the Energy Saving Trust.
What is the perfect temperature for sleeping?
Anyone who has struggled to sleep during a heatwave will know just how important your bedroom temperature is. Too hot or too cold and you’ll struggle to fall asleep, and this can be catastrophic to your health and general wellbeing. Losing sleep can also impact your concentration. The Sleep Council recommends setting your thermostat to 16 to 18°C for the optimal sleeping environment. If your bedroom temperature gets above 24°C, you’ll be very uncomfortable.
How cold is too cold?
Nobody wants icy toes at night time but it can also be dangerous to your health if the temperature in your home gets too low. If your bedroom drops below 12°C you could suffer from health problems and interrupted sleep.
How do the seasons impact the ideal temperature?
To achieve the perfect temperature year-round, you should keep a close eye on your thermostat and be ready with additional support. During the autumn and spring months, it may be difficult to achieve a consistent temperature, so you should be ready with extra blankets, warm sleepwear and the right duvet tog rating. In the winter, aim for an ambient room temperature of 18 to 19°C. A higher tog rating and long sleeved sleepwear will help to keep you warm.
In the summer, keep your windows open to try to achieve a bedroom temperature of 18 to 19°C. You may feel more comfortable with a 4.5 tog duvet or switching to a light sheet. An all-weather duvet will allow you to clip multiple duvets together to create the ideal temperature. These will typically have a 4.5 tog duvet and a 9 tog duvet. Use one or the other, or clip them together to get a 13.5 tog duvet for the coldest months.
Why is it important to control your energy use?
By taking control of your heating and heating your home more efficiently you can save money and reduce your carbon emissions. Lower energy bills are often enough of an incentive. Taking control of your heating with smart controls like a smart meter can help you to understand how much you are using every day. You could also control your heating with a smartphone app if you have a smart thermostat. You could then set rules for your central heating so, for example, the heating will only be triggered on days when bad weather is forecast.
What other technology can I use?
Smartphone apps and smart thermostats aren’t the only way you can take control of your heating use. We can help you to upgrade your heating system using the most modern technological advancements. This can include:
- A smart boiler thermostat
- Thermostat timer
- Individual room thermostats
- Thermostatic radiator valves
These controls will allow you to take control of your home heating system and make it work as efficiently as possible.
What is a smart thermostat and how does it work?
Smart thermostats connect to your home WiFi and allow you to control your central heating from anywhere using an app on your phone, computer or tablet. Smart thermostats go beyond just giving you control over your heating, they can also learn your routine, allowing you to heat your home more efficiently without having to think about it. For example, your smart thermostat could use the GPS tracking on your phone so that the heating turns on automatically when you’re nearly home.
Smart thermostats are also very efficient at maintaining an ambient temperature. If you want to set the ideal temperature and then forget about it, a smart thermostat can help you to achieve this.
What is the ideal temperature for a baby’s room or a child’s room?
With a newborn in the home, you will need to pay close attention to the temperature. Babies tend to be a little warmer than the rest of us so you should take special notice of the temperature in their room. According to the UK Baby Centre, an infant’s room should be between 16 and 20°C so, if you keep your home at 18 to 19°C, this will suit the child perfectly.
The same goes for young children. Keeping an extra blanket beside your child’s bed can help you to easily deal with any temperature fluctuations. A baby or child who sleeps soundly will allow everyone in the home to get a good night’s sleep.
What is the perfect temperature for elderly people?
The elderly are more at risk from low temperatures. Anyone over 65 will need to pay close attention to the temperature in their home and make sure it does not fall below 18°C. Blocking off draughts, closing curtains and adding extra blankets to the bed can all help to keep an elderly person warm and safe.
Can I heat my home faster by raising the thermostat?
It’s a common myth that throwing the thermostat as high as it will go will heat your home faster. The only thing this will do is waste energy because, when your home reaches this higher temperature, you will then have to try to cool it down. Rather than set your thermostat higher and leave the heating on, try setting an ambient temperature of 18 to 19°C and then only turning on the heating during the coldest part of the day.
One of the easiest ways you can keep your central heating system working efficiently is with regular boiler services. All the boiler and central heating care plans from YourRepair include an annual service, so you can be sure you’re getting the most from your heating system.