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This Is The Optimal Room Temperature According To Science

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This Is The Optimal Room Temperature According To Science

The battle to get the thermostat just right at home is an ongoing fight between men and women. Your boyfriend thinks it's fine, but your fingers are going blue and you're convinced you can see your breath whilst sat in the living room.

However, we finally have an answer for what the perfect temperature should be.

When it's warmer outside than inside your bedroom, there's a problem... (Credit: Unsplash)
When it's warmer outside than inside your bedroom, there's a problem... (Credit: Unsplash)

The ongoing fight in the home over turning the heat up and turning it back down can now finally be put to rest.

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It's taken some time, and the answer has changed from previous recommendations, but the UK government has now confirmed what temperature to set our central heating systems.

The official advice is that rooms should be at least 18 degrees celsius.

Guidance issued via their website states: "Previously we had recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C for living rooms and 18°C for bedrooms but we now advise that people heat their homes to at least 18°C."

They also added that there should be "some additional nuancing of that advice for vulnerable groups and healthy people."

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The battle for the thermostat is ongoing... (Credit: Unsplash)
The battle for the thermostat is ongoing... (Credit: Unsplash)

The updated advice comes after evidence that colder homes can mean those inside are more prone to illness.

The guidance has also been issued whilst taking into account rising fuel costs, carbon footprints and also individual preference.

In fact, the guidance is just that; guidance.

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The government goes on to stress that they aren't advising 18 degrees as a blanket rule.

They said: 'We aren’t saying homes must be heated to this point and no higher – neither are we saying that this temperature will suit everyone.

Who else just gets told to put a jumper on? (Credit: Unsplash)
Who else just gets told to put a jumper on? (Credit: Unsplash)

"Indeed, people who feel the cold, people who are less active due to mobility problems or are particularly vulnerable because of illness may wish to heat their homes to temperatures higher than this.

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"Younger people who are healthy, active, and able to ‘layer up’ may find a lower temperature more comfortable."

So our partners might still insist that we put another jumper on before we're allowed to crank up the heating.

On their website, the government also added: "Much of this advice is sometimes labelled “common sense” but we have to do everything we can to make sure these messages get through."

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/ Universal Pictures

Topics: News, Weather

Niamh Spence
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