Families up and down the country find the thermostat setting to be a hotly-contested topic. While one member of the family is sitting in shorts and a vest, another is likely to be wearing two jumpers and a dressing gown!

Since every member of the family has a different internal body temperature, it can be difficult to find a thermostat setting that works for everyone. So, to help you find a temperature setting that works for you and your loved ones, we've put together this guide. Here you'll learn all about the best temperature settings for your property and which settings are the most efficient.

Electronic Central Heating Thermostat

What is The Most Efficient Temperature to Set Your Thermostat?

As every billpayer knows, heating your property during winter can be incredibly expensive. After all, research shows that heating makes up more than half of the average UK household's energy bill.

Generally speaking, the most efficient temperature for your thermostat is between 18°C and 20°C. If you set the thermostat any higher, then you'll find that your property is very warm and it may be unsafe for babies and people with heart conditions. Any cooler and it may be unsafe for people with respiratory conditions.

But, on top of this, you also need to consider the environmental impact of heating your property. By doing so, you'll lower both your bills and your carbon footprint. If you're looking to make your heating more efficient, then try to follow these top tips:

Keep The Heating On

This may seem counter-intuitive, but turning the heating off may make it hard for everyone to stay warm (and will lead to people messing with the thermostat). Plus, it can lead to issues like dampness and mould, which can cause health issues and damage your home. Instead, keep your heating on a steady setting at around 18°C to 20°C. To help facilitate this, it might also be best to select an overnight thermostat temperature everyone is happy with, too.

Close doors

Keeping doors open allows cold air to enter spaces you're trying to heat. By keeping doors closed, you'll find it far easier to maintain the ambient temperature in the room.

Add radiator valves

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By adding thermostatic valves to your radiators rather than manual valves, you'll gain greater control over the temperature in individual rooms. thermostatic radiator valves have a useful handle design that are usually numbered, so you can easily see what setting your radiator is set to. Unlike manual radiator valves that offer just an off and on switch.

This means that if someone does change it, rather than trying to guess the setting you like, you can turn it to... Let's say number 4 because you remembered you like this setting the most. You can also stop heating rooms that are usually empty as thermostatic radiator valves can also turn radiators completely off. 

Best Thermostat Temperature For Winter

The average room temperature in the UK is about 20°C, with most households setting the thermostat at between 18°C and 21°C in the winter months. So, if you're currently locked in a dispute about the temperature dial in your home, you may find that 20°C is a good place to start.

However, you'll likely find that different rooms in your property need heating to different temperatures during the winter.

For example, although you may want to feel snug and cosy in the living room, you may find that 20°C is far too warm for the bedroom if you like to be cool while you sleep. With this in mind, here are the best thermostat temperatures for winter:

Living room - between 18°C and 21°C

Many of us spend most of our evenings in the living room relaxing after work, binge-watching Netflix and catching up with our families. As a result, we tend to spend a lot of time in the living room sitting still. This means you're likely to get chilly unless the temperature is a little higher.

Bathroom - 22°C

The bathroom is usually the warmest room in the home. After all, if you jump out of a warm shower straight into a cold room, then you're likely to be absolutely freezing. Plus, the temperature in the bathroom is raised by the hot water from the shower or the bath, so you may find that you only need to set the temperature to around 20°C to reach highs of 22°C when you've finished showering.

Bedroom - 18°C

Your bedroom doesn't need to be as warm as other rooms in your house because you're usually under the covers when you're in there. Most of us don't like to be too hot at night, so you may find that a slightly lower temperature helps you sleep.

Kitchen - between 16°C and 18°C

For many UK homes, the kitchen is the coolest room in the house. This is because, regardless of whether you're boiling some pasta or roasting a chicken, you're adding additional heat to the room as you cook. Set the thermostat too high and you may find that it quickly gets uncomfortable.

What About The Temperature In Summer?

Finally, if you've been wondering 'What temperature should I set my thermostat in summer?' then you'll be pleased to know that all the above advice still applies. If the temperature in each room of your house is above temperatures all year round, then you'll always be comfortable and warm.

In summary, as long as your property's heating is set somewhere between 18°C and 20°C, you should be able to keep most of the family happy. However, the lower you can keep the temperature of your home, the more money you'll save on your bills and the more you'll be able to lower your carbon footprint.

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What About Electric Radiators?

Electric radiators and electric towel radiators can be great for adjusting the temperatures in each room as they can be set at temperatures individually without having to turn on your whole central heating system. Again around 18°c-20°c is considered the most comfortable.

But what if someone in your property doesn't want the heating on and someone else does? This is where electric radiators become beneficial. Rather than messing around with all the valves in the property, you can switch on that one specific electric radiator instead of turning on the whole property's heating.

Another benefit of electric radiators is that they can be installed with smart electric heating elements that provide various heating functions like a memory mode, and timer settings. They can even be connected to Wi-Fi to control the radiator's temperature from your phone, giving you complete control over your heating.

But What If One of My Radiators Isn't Heating Like It Should?

Take note of the temperature of each radiator, if you notice one isn't as hot as the others when it is on full, it might be that one or more of your radiators is faulty or not working as it should be. There are a few ways to fix this, with one fix being as simple as bleeding your radiator, if you think your radiator needs this take a look at our guide on how to bleed a radiator.

If you have tried to fix your radiator before with no luck then it might be time to consider replacing that radiator. Thankfully at Designer Radiators Direct, we have a fantastic range of high-quality radiators at brilliant prices. Take a look at our radiators on sale, we have a selection of affordable designer radiators, towel radiators and some electric radiators to choose from. 

If you can't see anything on our sale we recommend you check out our Lux Heat Radiators. These come in a wide range of designs and styles, including our popular coloured radiator range. They all come with an impressive 10-year warranty for added comfort too!

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