Finding the ideal room temperature for the family

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As a Mummy of a young family, I am constantly making sure my boys have their basic needs met. Are they hungry? Are they thirsty? Are they clean? Are they happy? It’s a constant battle to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible. Yet one of the things I still haven’t been able to achieve is making sure our family home is at the ideal room temperature for the whole family. One of us is always cold. 

Making sure the family home is at the ideal temperature is another of life’s daily battles. The weather is so changeable here in the UK, one minute the sun is out and the next it’s blowing a gale and pouring down. Our home gets cold quickly in the winter and heats up in the summer, it’s one of the joys of living in a period property. Yet, I don’t want to be constantly turning the heating up and paying a fortune out for energy that we shouldn’t really be needing.

So what is the ideal room temperature?

According to First Utility, the ideal temperature is between 18°C and 21°C. If there are infants at home, the minimum should be either 20°C or 21°C (this also includes the elderly and the sick). Having recently had a new thermostat installed in my home, I would agree that having a room heated to 21°C is about right for our needs.

It has been said by the World Health Organization that temperatures lower than 18°C or higher than 24°C can be a health risk, therefore maintaining a steady temperature is important for the family’s health.

What about room temperatures?

Our living room is at the front of the house and is always cold. We only tend to go in there during the evenings once the children have gone to bed as we can pop the gas fire on for half an hour and get the room toasty. My husband will be sitting there in shorts and a t-shirt and I’ll be feeling the cold wrapped up in my dressing gown and slippers.

According to First Utility, the UK government suggest keeping different rooms at different temperatures and I can see why. The warmest temperature is the room you spend most of your time in, with the kitchen being cooler so that it can heat up during cooking and mealtimes. Apparently, the ideal room temperature for the bedroom is 18°C as a cooler temperature aids a good nights sleep yet I would have to disagree with this and say that it’s a little too cool for me and my boys. We certainly like the bedroom a little warmer, especially so Olly can pull off the duvet and leave his legs akimbo across his bed.

What about you? What’s your ideal room temperature? Do you like to be warm and cosy or do you prefer to be cooler and put a sweater on if you’re cold?

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