The Ideal House Temperature
Having a warm and cosy home is so important to many of us, especially for older people and those with children. But what is the ideal house temperature? And how do we go about achieving it? Below, we’ve shared some top tips on how to achieve this.
What Is The Ideal House Temperature During The Winter?
Winter months bring cold and wet weather – and there’s nothing worse than coming home to a freezing home. During the winter, keeping your home at around 18 – 21 degrees Celsius is optimum for ensuring your house is warm and welcoming. This is based on if you wear normal winter style clothes, so perhaps a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and jumper. Experts also say this is the ideal temperature for sleeping comfortably too.
Keeping windows and doors shut during the winter months can help with keeping your home warm, especially if you’re looking to reduce your energy output. You can also use draught excluders and consider getting loft insulation to further increase the energy efficiency of your house.
How Many Hours Per Day Should You Be Heating Your Home For?
This is quite a personal choice and really depends on the type of home you have, as well as how efficient your insulation is. However, generally speaking, having your heating on for an hour in the morning (around 7am) and for a couple of hours in the evening (7 – 8pm) will provide your home with enough warmth. Remember, you can usually change the temperature on each individual radiator, so turn them down in rooms you don’t use that often and turn them up slightly in the likes of the living room and your bedroom.
Smart meters and technology are now allowing individuals to see how much energy they’re using, as well as heating their homes from their smartphones. This means they can turn on their heating just before they get home from work, for example.
What Is The Ideal House Temperature For The Rest Of The Year?
During the summer and most of the year, many of us simply do not need to use a thermostat to keep our homes warm. Often, the heat from the weather means we’re using fans and keeping windows open at night to reduce the temperature in our homes.
Evenings do tend to be cooler in the summer too, so if your home is feeling cold, this could be an issue with the insulation in your home, rather than the fact you want to turn up the thermostat. If possible, always check whether your insulation could be improved, before you waste money of increased energy bils.
It’s recommended that older people or people with health conditions still try to keep their homes at around 18 – 21 degrees Celsius throughout the entire year. However, anything more than 24 degrees Celsius can cause problems for individuals, from overheating to breathing difficulties.
Heating Your Home When No One Is There
It can be tempting to keep your central heating system on a timer if there won’t be anyone in your home for a length of time. However, this is only necessary in extremely cold weather, where there could be a risk of pipes freezing. This will also help reduce any mould occurring. However, this would only be advised if your home will be empty for any great length of time, rather than if you’re just going away for a week or so.
Advice For Keeping Your Energy Bills Down
Remember, if you can avoid increasing your thermostat temperature, then we would strongly advise this. During the winter months, wearing more layers and turning your individual radiators down can be an efficient way of reducing energy bills, without reducing how warm you are. Keep curtains shut during the winter, use draught excluders, and think about investing in loft insulation, as this can stop a lot of essential heat from escaping. If loft insulation isn’t an option, double or even triple glazing is a great way to reduce heat loss. Try not to keep your heating on throughout the day when no one is home as well – buy a timer or set up an app on your phone to control your heating, so that your home is heated for when you need it.