Why it’s crucial to control the temperature in your home

It might be cold outside, but there’s nothing nicer than coming home to a warm house after being outside all day. Unfortunately, once indoors, that’s when the rows about the temperature can start. Some people just seem to feel permanently cold, and so the temperature is never warm enough for them, but there are very serious implications about living in houses that are both too hot and too cold. Here’s a few reasons why it’s crucial to control the temperature in your home.

Save money

If you live with someone that is constantly trying to sneak the temperature up on the thermostat, then you’ll know what impact this has on your heating bills. Controlling the temperature in your home is crucial when you are trying to budget for household expenses such as home heating oil so that you don’t end up with a bill much larger than expected, or have to order home heating oil more frequently than planned.

Houses that are too hot

Having the temperature cranked up high isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and can lead to all sorts of health problems associated with stale, stuffy air. If your house is too warm or stuffy because the heating has been turned up high, then be prepared for issues like dry, flaking skin and possible exacerbation of eczema and psoriasis. It can also lead to dehydration, which affects your skin, ability to concentrate and energy levels. Many people also report symptoms like flu when the central heating goes on – this sudden increase in temperature can cause runny noses and increased congestion.

Houses that are too cold

Of course, having the heating turned off all the time is hardly ideal either, and houses that are too cold are just as dangerous in terms of health issues. The falling temperature causes the heart to have to work harder to pump blood around the body and keep you warm, and in extreme cases where your core temperature falls below 35 degrees this can lead to hypothermia. It’s not just your health that suffers either – cold houses are typically associated with damp, condensation and mould, none of which will be good for your home in the long term.

Ideal temperature for each room

As with everything in life, balance is key – and finding a temperature balance for you will be the key to a happy, healthy home. For your living room, a temperature of 21o is recommended as being ideal, and in your bedroom you should aim to keep the temperature around 17 or 18o (it can be slightly cooler as your blankets will help insulate you from the cold, and you’ll also heat up while you sleep). In the kitchen, this tends to be warmer anyway due to the oven, and anytime you finish cooking you can open the oven door to let the hot air circulate further. In the hallway and landing, you don’t really need to spend a lot of money heating these spaces as they aren’t places where you spend any length of time.

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