The winter season means that your boiler will be overused to a point where many might require boiler repairs but do you know the ideal temperature which your central heating should have when the temperature drops? The UK government conducted a study that shows that the ideal temperature should be set at 21 degrees Celsius. This is not the case in the UK though because the average temperate inside houses is found out to be 17.7 degrees Celsius. The average temperature is found to be much cooler than the recommended temperature.
Though there is a recommended temperature, it is not something that should be followed strictly. This is because every person requires a different temperature. For instance, a higher temperature is favored by the elderly or those who are not feeling well while some people just prefer to stay inside a colder home.
The preference in temperature is different for genders as well. According to a Dutch research, women are more productive if the room or office is warmer because their body heat is much lower while men prefer to work in a colder environment.
It has already been established that for every degree added in the thermostat, the homeowner racks up an additional £60 on their bill annually. The question now is whether the increase the temperature in the thermostat. Census have shown that half of the population tends to raise the thermostat when the temperature outside drops.
It is normal for people to do so because they wanted to keep warm and most do not like to suffer especially when the temperature is already negative of a number. Experts, on the other hand, believe that raising the thermostat will only increase their bill because the device was designed to keep the temperature the same no matter the temperature outside is.
Another question is whether to keep the central heating always turned on or turn it off at times in order to save money. Energy expert, Caitlin Bent, said that it is best to use a timer or turn off the central heating when not necessarily needed. It is also the best way to avoid unnecessary boiler repairs because keeping it on all the time could be damaging too.