When winter comes it can often be a little challenging to keep your home warm; you might find that one room is notably warmer than all of the others. While your living room might be the perfect temperature, you might find when it is time for you to go to bed the bedroom is absolutely freezing.
Ensuring your home temperature is perfect can be a little tricky, some like it warmer while others like it a little chillier. However, while you may be arguing over the temperature of your home, do you really know how different temperatures can affect you?
The perfect home temperature
If you work in an office, the likelihood is your relatively used to a too hot or too cold temperature. However, in the comfort of your own home, you will most definitely want to a temperature at the right warmth for you.
While we are all aware the temperature in a room can dramatically affect your comfort, the air temperature in your home actually has a more significant impact on your body than you may initially realise. Read on to find out a few reasons why you might want to think about getting the right balance in your home.
A common myth people tend to believe in is that you cannot go from a warm room to extremely cold otherwise it could lead to illness. It may not necessarily be true; if you are clothed correctly, then there is not cause for concern.
What may be more of a worry for your health is continuously having your home environment too warm. Turning your heating up too much will not only cost you a fortune, but it can also lead to an extremely stuffy room. When a room is stuffy, it can often have an effect on your sinuses and can also potentially lead to respiratory issues.
Alternatively, you should not have your home too cold, as this can have an effect on your mucous membranes. They will become irritated and inflamed which unfortunately leaves you vulnerable to cold and other common bugs that tend to linger around in winter.
Depending on your age, the temperature can have different levels of health issues. We recommend taking a read of the NHS website as they provide fantastic information on what temperature your home should be.
Studying or working at home
When it comes to working from home, we often find it more distracting than we would compared to working in the office. However, there may be more than just the TV, your children or pets that could have an effect on your concentration. For you to achieve maximum concentration your home needs to be between 22 to 25 degrees Celsius, so if you are feeling a little bit chilly, make sure you either warm your home or put a few more layers on. By doing so, you can improve concentration, productivity and performance.
Day to night
When it comes to your daytime temperature if you are in and out the house regularly you may not want it very warm in your home, not only is it a waste of energy but no one is there to enjoy the warmth. It is noticeably evident that women tend to be colder than men when it comes to bedtime, so there can sometimes be a few tiffs on the desired temperature of the bedroom. There is not a specific temperature which is meant to be best to sleep in as each person will differ.
You will notice, however, that if your home is too cold or too hot, you will find it considerably harder to get to sleep. If your bedroom is too warm, rather then opening the bedroom window why not consider turning your thermostat down a little. Again if your bedroom is too chilly why not think about getting a hot water bottle.
It is advised that you ensure your home stays at a regular temperature throughout the night rather than having dips in temperature as this can lead to restless nights. According to Restonic, people tend to sleep better in cooler microclimates as your body naturally starts to cool as you fall asleep.
Recommended home temperature
You should be aware that for every 1 degree you turn your thermostat down in the winter you could actually reduce your home energy consumption by around 5-10%. During the autumn and winter, the recommend home temperature is around 18 to 21 degrees.
Why keep your home at a steady temperature
A lot of people will change their thermostat because it has been chillier outside; however, the job of the thermostat is to ensure your home stays at your chosen temperature regardless of the temperature outside. With many of you turning up your thermostat you will be surprised of how much energy you are consuming. Millions of homes across the UK waste a significant amount of energy by keeping their heating on while they are out of the home. But there is no reason for this; there are so many different applications and technologies which allow you to change the temperature of your home just before you come home.
Nest is an excellent example of this, it is one of the best tools on the market, and we highly recommend looking into getting one for your home. Using the application that comes with it you can turn your heating on before you leave the office, so your home is the perfect temperature by the time you are home without having your heating on all day.
The temperature of your home can have a dramatic effect on your body and how it functions. You should always keep an eye on the temperature within your home and make sure it is well insulated. While you will want to reduce your energy consumption a lot of people find their residential gas plans do not change due to their lack of insulation. It is highly recommended you check your home for draughts and air leaks.
Make sure that you feel comfortable in your home when it comes to temperature!