How warm should my home be?
Setting the correct temperature for your home can be quite tricky, but there are some guidelines to help give you a head start in deciding. Generally we are comfortable with a thermostat setting between 16 °C and 20 °C, selecting a setting within that range depends on a number of factors:
- Are you active when at home? We feel colder the less we move around so a lower setting would be fine if you move around a lot.
- How old are you? The older you are the more likely it is that you will feel the cold, so higher would be better.
- Do you have any illnesses? Some illnesses mean that even a 20 °C setting could be too low so be aware that to stay healthy you may need it warmer than you think.
- How much are you willing to pay? Each °C you add to the thermostat setting will increase your energy costs by about 10%, over a year this can really add up.
There is no hard and fast rule to choose the correct setting but with trial and error and these rough guidelines you can eventually find the setting that works for your home - whether it works for everyone in the house is another matter!