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Are you controlling your heating manually?

Many people lower the normal room temperature when they are sleeping or are not at home. This might seem like a good idea because using less gas saves on energy costs 

There are a number of problems with this approach. Firstly, your boiler will have to work harder to reach your set ambient room temperature, increasing fuel usage. Secondly, when you get home it will takes some time until the rooms are pleasantly warm.

What is the ideal room temperature?

Older properties were not designed to the current modern standards, which means that setting your room temperature correctly is very important. If the room temperature in your house is too cold there’s a risk of wet walls and mould that can damage your property, and even your health.

The effects of setting your normal room temperature too high

Too high and the room will become stuffy and you will find it more difficult to concentrate – not ideal if you are working from home. Additionally, there is the environmental and financial impact when heating above the normal room temperature.

The impact of setting your room temperature too low

If your home is too cold, the risk of mould increases. Cold air can transport less water vapour, so it condenses on furniture, walls and on windows. 

So, achieving a sensible ambient temperature is very important.

Normal room temperature in different rooms

The optimal room temperature usually depends on its use. While living or working rooms should be around 20 to 22 degrees Celsius, other rooms should be warmer. If possible, bathrooms should be kept at 22 to 24 degrees Celsius. This will improve comfort and also reduce condensation.  On the other hand, bedrooms should be cooler. The Sleep Council confirms that your body heat peaks in the evening and then drops to its lowest level when you are sleeping, so your ideal sleeping temperature is 16 – 18 degrees Celsius for a bedroom.  Whereas for a nursery, experts recommend between 16 – 20 degrees Celsius.

The solution is to use the digital thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves. If you don’t have these, then it’s not difficult to retrofit to an old system. Even the most basic digital thermostats can allow you to access preset time programs. 

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