An overheated house can be harmful to your health and your wallet. Each room has its own optimal temperature.
Here’s everything to know when setting your thermostat to the ideal temperature.
The Ideal Temperature
Despite the lack of scientific papers determining the impact of an overheated house on health, there have been several documented issues due to reduced humidity:
- Dry skin and mucous membranes.
- Poor blood circulation.
- Ear, nose and throat problems.
The recommended ideal temperature for your house is usually 66°F/19°C.
Lowering your temperature by a single degree leads to a 7% decrease in heating energy consumption.
With that said, some people are more sensitive than others to cold, and no one should have to bury themselves in covers in their own home. You can easily adjust the ideal temperature depending on your room, with a 2 to 3 degree difference.
Both the bedroom and the bathroom will have different optimal temperatures than the rest of your place.
The Adult Bedroom
For an adult bedroom, it is usually assumed that a temperature between 60°F/16°C and 64°F/18°C promotes good sleep.
During summer nights, a temperature 5 degrees below the one found during daytime is enough to optimize the sleeping environment.
The Nursery/Baby Bedroom
The ideal temperature of a baby’s room is actually higher, between 64°F/18°C and 70°F/21°C.
In winter, heaters and other space heaters should be avoided as they are too dangerous.
In summer, it should be ensured that the temperature remains below 82°F/28°C. Close the shutters and blinds during the hottest hours, and get a fan and humidifier for the room.
Good news for chilly people: you can amp the thermostat in your bathroom up to 72°F/22°C.
Humidity in your home should ideally be between 50 and 55%.
If it is less than 30%, the air is way too dry, and can lead to lung irritation.
If it is greater than 65%, the excess humidity promotes microbial growth, which can cause severe allergies and infections. It also leads to the degradation of some materials (wood root, peeling wallpapers, etc.).