What temperature should I keep my house at?

The temperature at which you should keep your home is open to debate and usually comes down to personal preference. Some of us don’t mind braving the cold whilst indoors, whilst others can’t function without a warmer environment. However, unless your only concern is comfort, there are several other aspects you need to factor in. In this article we’ll be running through some of the other factors you’ll need to consider when deciding on the ideal temperature for your home.


Is there a ‘perfect’ temperature for your home?


The answer to that is yes and no. Yes, there is a perfect temperature for your home, but that is completely unique to you, your personal circumstances, preferences and how much you want to spend on heating your home. But if you’re asking if there is a ‘one temperature suits all’ figure that you can set your thermostat to, then no.


Overall, the best temperature for your home is the lowest temperature you feel comfortable at. Any more than this and you’re needlessly spending money on heating your home without really getting a much-added benefit.


What do the experts say?


According to government figures, despite the recommended temperature of a home being 21°C, the average temperature most homes are at is closer to just under 18°C. This doesn’t take into account personal circumstances though, as some people (such as the ill or elderly) will need a slightly higher temperature, but most people can do just fine at a much lower temperature. So take this recommended temperature of 21°C with a pinch of salt. Again, the lowest temperature you find comfortable is fine.


Should you just wrap up warmer?


Over the last few decades, the average temperature of UK homes has been rising. Before central heating became widespread, it was common for people to just wear more clothes indoors. This meant that thermostats could be turned down and money wouldn’t need to be spent heating entire rooms just in case you were to move from the bedroom to the living room and then to the kitchen.


What temperature should each room be?


It’s a little known fact that different rooms in your house should be kept at different temperatures to provide the ideal environments. For example, bedrooms should be kept slightly cooler for sleeping in comfortably, whereas living areas should be slightly warmer. Kitchens should be slightly cooler too, especially when you’re cooking as the heat from cookers will bring the temperature up - and if you’re moving around as you cook you won’t feel as cold anyways.


Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) allow you to set each room in your house to a different temperature, so if you don’t have them already, get them installed. They can be as cheap as £12.50 and there are smartphone-enabled variants that allow you much greater temperature control.


What if you want to save money?


We have a few tips for you if you want to save money on your energy bills.


  1. Compare energy deals online - by comparing gas and electricity deals online you can be sure you’re paying the lowest amount possible for each unit of energy you use. So off the bat, without any lifestyle changes, you can be making savings without any extra effort.

  2. Position your thermostat tactically - thermostats work by measuring the temperature of the area it is placed. If you place it in a draughty area, it will keep your boiler working for longer, and you may find other parts of your home are overheated. By placing your thermostat in the main room you want to be heated, you can prevent overheating other areas.

  3. Insulate your home - if your home isn’t properly insulated you’ll be constantly throwing money out the window as heat escapes from your house. There is an initial outlay, but in the long run, proper insulation will save you money on your energy bills.

  4. Don’t heat your home if you aren’t there - bit of a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people allow their boilers to keep working even when they’ve left their home. Your house doesn’t need to be heated up if no one is there to appreciate that heat! Programme your boiler so that it won’t be working whilst you aren’t around.