What is the best temperature to set my boiler to?
It’s that time of year again when the evenings are drawing in and the nights are getting chilly. For many of us, that means it is time to get the central heating running again. Not sure what is the best temperature to set your boiler to for the winter? Read on to learn more.
Creating a healthy home environment
Research indicates that the optimum inside temperature for a healthy house is generally 18-20 degrees for the average family, or 22-23 degrees for those who are less mobile or elderly. In addition, many people find that they prefer the bathroom to be warmer and the bedroom to be slightly cooler. At the same time, the kitchen may already benefit from the heat created by cooking and therefore need less additional heating. All of this can make it very confusing when it comes to setting the correct temperature for your heating!
Controlling individual radiators
Remember, your radiators each have their own temperatures, so when it comes to establishing the temperature you want in any particular room, this is best done in isolation using the thermostatic radiator valve (TRV), usually located at the bottom of each radiator. If you have chosen to fit smart controllers, then you may have different options to control this.
Setting the central heating thermostat
The central heating thermostat governs the overall temperature in your home based on the ambient temperature. It is designed to maintain a standard temperature all year round, whatever the weather. Although setting the temperature higher when it is colder will make for a warmer house, this is actually unnecessary if you have already found a comfortable temperature range. Likewise, turning the heating down in the summer is also unnecessary since the central heating system can accommodate for the warmer ambient temperature and act accordingly. The thermostat does not control how quickly your house warms up.
Setting the boiler temperature
The boiler temperature control sets the temperature of the hot water that is circulating in your house to heat the radiators. Setting this unnecessarily high can be uneconomical and leave you paying more for your bills that you need to. As a rule, setting your heating control to 75 degrees should be sufficient to give you a perfectly warm house, while also allowing your boiler to run as economically as possible. Once this is set, you shouldn’t need to adjust it.
Do you need to turn the heating up?
Did you know that by putting on an extra layer when you start to feel chilly instead of turning the heating higher, you could save money and help to protect the environment? If you are the kind of person who likes to be super warm at home, it is well worth considering wearing your favourite sweater to help the planet - and you’ll have a few more pennies for Christmas shopping too!
Looking to replace or service your boiler? D.R. Plumbing & Heating have been serving the North Wales region for over two decades and specialise in gas and oil boiler installation. We enjoy a reputation for our friendly, professional and prompt service along with excellent workmanship. Call today to book a free, no-obligation quote. If you would prefer us not to visit you at home, we can also assess your boiler and prepare a quote by video call.
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