The Ideal Room Temperature

What is the ideal room temperature?

As experienced HVAC engineers, we are constantly asked ‘‘what is the ideal room temperature and what should you set your thermostat at?” Our response is…the ideal temperature for you is naturally the temperature that you feel most comfortable with. It depends on your own personal preferences, what you are using the room for and will obviously vary slightly for living or working.

But room temperatures everywhere remain a source of disagreement not only with family members’ sharing a home but co-workers sharing an office.

So what is the ideal home temperature?

According to the World Health Organisation, comfort is difficult to define but their standard for warmth is 18°C for suitably dressed healthy people. They suggest that the ideal temperature for the main living area be set between 18°C and 21°C with 18°C for the rest of the home. Bedroom temperatures should be set slightly lower at about 15°C or 16°C as this will ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Temperatures higher than 22°C will make you feel tired and lethargic and keeping a regular lower temperature in your home of between 12°C and 16°C degrees could pose a risk to your health.

Temperatures are becoming simpler to control and homes have certainly become easier to heat these days with modern central heating systems, radiators and improving insulation standards. The average room temperature today in a UK home during the winter months is roughly 18°C, whereas in 1970 the average temperature in a home during the winter months was significantly lower at 12°C.

As you can see from the above, ambient temperatures are certainly creeping up – the last comprehensive measurement of home indoor temperatures in the UK is from 1996 when the English House Condition Survey found living room temperatures hovered around 19 and since the previous survey of 1986, hallways had warmed up from 16.3°C to 17.9°C.

What is the ideal office temperature?

Currently there is no law for the minimum or maximum temperature for an office environment however UK Government’s The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 detail requirements for aspects of a work setting, insisting that during working hours’ temperatures in the office or inside buildings should be reasonable. This obviously depends on the nature of the workplace and will vary for kitchens, cold storage areas, warehouses etc.

The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16°C. If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13°C.

Keeping the right room temperature

The good news is that now we can maintain a temperature whatever it is set at. Today’s HVAC devices can use a heat pump to provide year-round climate control for your home or office by supplying heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. Just set the thermostat at your ideal temperature and it will heat or cool to maintain the set point automatically.

Cool Projects provide a variety of systems and will provide expert advice and help to ensure you find the ideal room temperature, making sure you get the right sized unit with a clean and fast installation and professional maintenance service.