What Temperature Should the Central Heating Thermostat Be Set At?

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Families up and down the country find the thermostat setting to be a hotly-contested topic. While one member of the family is sitting in shorts and a vest, another is likely to be wearing two jumpers and a dressing gown!

Due to the fact that every member of the family has a different internal body temperature, it can be difficult to find a thermostat setting that works for everyone. So, to help you find a temperature setting that works for you and your loved ones, we’ve put together this guide. Here you’ll learn all about the best temperature settings for your home and which settings are the most efficient.

What is the most efficient temperature to set your thermostat?

As every bill payer knows, heating your home during winter can be incredibly expensive. After all, research actually shows that heating makes up more than half of the average UK household’s energy bill.

Generally speaking, the most efficient temperature for your thermostat is between 18°C and 20°C. If you set the thermostat any higher, then you’ll find that your home is very warm and it may be unsafe for babies and people with heart conditions. Any cooler and it may be unsafe for people with respiratory conditions.

But, on top of this, you also need to consider the environmental impact of heating your home. By doing so, you’ll lower both your bills and your carbon footprint. If you’re looking to make your heating more efficient, then try to follow these top tips:

Keep the heating on

This may seem counter-intuitive, but turning the heating off may make it hard for everyone to stay warm (and will lead to people messing with the thermostat). Plus, it can lead to issues like damp and mould, which can cause health issues and damage your home. Instead, keep your heating on a steady setting at around 18°C to 20°C. To help facilitate this, it might also be best to select an overnight thermostat temperature everyone is happy with, too.

Close doors

Keeping doors open allows cold air to enter spaces you’re trying to heat. By keeping doors closed, you’ll find it far easier to maintain the ambient temperature in the room.

Add radiator valves

By adding thermostatic valves to your radiators, you’ll gain greater control over the temperature in individual rooms. This means you can stop heating rooms that are usually empty.

Best thermostat temperature for winter

The average room temperature in the UK is about 20°C, with most households setting the thermostat at between 18°C and 21°C in the winter months. So, if you’re currently locked in a dispute about the temperature dial in your home, you may find that 20°C is a good place to start.

However, you’ll likely find that different rooms in your home need heating to different temperatures during the winter. For example, although you may want to feel snug and cosy in the living room, you may find that 20°C is far too warm for the bedroom if you like to be cool while you sleep. With this in mind, here are the best thermostat temperatures for winter:

Living room – between 18°C and 21°C

Many of us spend most of our evenings in the living room relaxing after work, binge-watching Netflix and catching up with our families. As a result, we tend to spend a lot of time in the living room sitting still. This means you’re likely to get chilly unless the temperature is a little higher.

Bathroom – 22°C

The bathroom is usually the warmest room in the home. After all, if you jump out of a warm shower straight into a cold room, then you’re likely to be absolutely freezing. Plus, the temperature in the bathroom is raised by the hot water from the shower or the bath, so you may find that you only need to set the temperature to around 20°C to reach highs of 22°C when you’ve finished showering.

Bedroom – 18°C

Your bedroom doesn’t need to be as warm as other rooms in your house because you’re usually under the covers when you’re in there. Most of us don’t like to be too hot at night, so you may find that a slightly lower temperature helps you sleep.

Kitchen – between 16°C and 18°C

For many UK homes, the kitchen is the coolest room in the house. This is because, regardless of whether you’re boiling some pasta or roasting a chicken, you’re adding additional heat to the room as you cook. Set the thermostat too high and you may find that it quickly gets uncomfortable.

Finally, if you’ve been wondering ‘what temperature should I set my thermostat in summer?’ then you’ll be pleased to know that all the above advice still applies. If the temperature in each room of your house is at the above temperatures all year round, then you’ll always be comfortable and warm.

In summary, as long as your home’s heating is set somewhere between 18°C and 20°C, you should be able to keep most of the family happy. However, the lower you can keep the temperature of your home, the more money you’ll save on your bills and the more you’ll be able to lower your carbon footprint. Remember, individually controlling the temperature of each room using thermostatic radiator valves can help you create the perfect temperature throughout the home. So, if this is an option you’re considering, take a look at our range today or contact us for a helping hand.


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