Over recent months, many of us will have been discussing with loved ones a) when the heating should go on and b) at what temperature the heating should be set at. The latter of these discussions is likely to cause many debates as various members of the family will undoubtedly want the heating at a higher temperature than others.
But is there a correct temperature your home should be during the winter?
Correct Temperature for the Home
The NHS has previously suggested the temperature within your home during the winter months should be around 18⁰C. Yet according to an article published at the beginning of 2014 20 percent of people admitted to having their thermostat turned up to 30⁰C, whilst a further 18 percent of people claimed to leave their heating on all day and night.
What we do know is, having the heating on a higher temperature or left on throughout the day and night will significantly increase utility bills for the average homeowner. It is generally accepted that increasing the thermostat for your heating by one degree can add as much as £60 a year to the heating bills. The Energy Saving Trust suggests the average energy bill of a homeowner who has their thermostat set to 19⁰C is £390. This increases to £520 per year for those who have their heating set to 21⁰C.
How to Keep the Home Warm
With a one degree increase of the thermostat said to have a significant increase on heating bills, it is understandable that you may be a bit hesitant to increase yours. But there are steps which you can take to keep your home warm during the winter.
Some of these steps are outlined in our blog “Save Money on Your Heating Bills”, whilst other steps which you can take include adding fan heaters or convector heaters into rooms where the heating may not need to be on all the time or for prolonged periods of time, but heat is still required.
Fan heaters are perfect for spot heating, when instantaneous heat is required, or to provide heat quickly and effectively. Convector heaters are also great for providing rapid warmth – again, making them ideal for when spot heat is needed.
Watching when you have your heating on, how long you have your heating on for and the temperature at which your thermometer is set at will help to keep your heating bills down. And by adding additional heating options, you’ll also be able to ensure your home is at the right temperature for all your family.