How Warm Should Your House Be?

How Warm Should Your House Be?

Some people like their house to be as hot as a sauna, or as cold as the artic, however most of us sit comfortably in between. The whole debate on ‘how hot should my house be’ is very ambiguous and dependent on the homeowners, so here we’ll take you through some of the key points to give you an idea on how hot your household should be.

What does the government say about temperature?

A recent study found that the average household temperature is 17.7°C and the government recommends that it should be around 21°C. This doesn’t take into account that the elderly and ill homeowners will need their home slightly warmer – whereas the average person can get away with it been slightly lower than recommended.

Using a thermostat to set temperature

Most homeowners use a thermostat but you need to ensure that it’s set up correctly. Thermostats work by recording the air around the household, if it’s too cold then it enables the boiler to fire up, but if it’s too warm then it will turn the heating off.

You need to ensure that the thermostat is located in an efficient spot, if it’s located near any draught then its efficiency will be impacted. For example, if it’s near a draughty door, the air temperature will be lower than in a room with no draught. Meaning if it’s 21°C in one room, it could be 24°C in the more efficient room, making your boiler work harder than it needs to.

Insulation is just as important as your thermostat

There’s very little point if you set your thermostat to an energy saving temperature when your household isn’t prepared. You could turn your thermostat down to 16°C but if you have no insulation and an old inefficient boiler, you’re going to be spending a fortune, because whatever is pumped in to your house will quickly escape with the lack of insulation. If you really want to ensure your house stays relatively warm at a low thermostat temperature, insulation is highly recommended.

Every degree costs your money

It may vary depending on the size of your household, but generally the same rule applies. Every degree you reduce your thermostat by, you could save up to £60 and possibly more if you use electric heating. Try to bare this in mind when you next think about turning your thermostat up, if you’re cold, throw a jumper on.

Different rooms need different temperatures

Using the thermostat to heat your household normally means that most rooms are at a similar temperature. However, some rooms can be hotter than others. The best way to achieve this is by using Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) in rooms such as your bedroom, which during the day can be set at a comfortable 16°C, and your living room, which can be set higher. Having this type of control over your heating can really save you money in the long run.