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What temperature should your rooms be?

Keeping your home at the recommended temperature is not only advisable for your health, but your wallet, as it helps you get the most value from your home heating oil. At, we’ve pulled together the recommendations from government health officials and sleep experts to let you know the ideal temperatures for the key rooms in your house. So, what temperature should you your rooms be?

What temperature should your bedroom be?

The bedroom temperature is often a cause for arguments, especially if you share with someone. The ideal temperature for your sleeping quarters should be around 18.5oC, however, you need to take into account if the person you sleep beside gets unbearably warm at night! Sleep experts recommend that your bedroom should be cool and dark to allow you the best possible chance at a great night’s sleep, so don’t be tempted to crank up the heating just before bed – you’ll soon warm up under the covers.

What temperature should your living room be?

We are a nation of over-heaters it would seem, as most households in Ireland are guilty of cranking up the thermostat to way above the recommended temperature for the living room. Government health advice is that the living room should be between 18-21oC, but most of us have it sitting at 23 or even higher – what a massive drain on your home heating oil! Try turning the thermostat down by one degree each day over a period of a week and see where you feel most comfortable. Even turning it down slightly can make a huge difference to your energy bills.

What temperature should a baby’s room be?

For babies, many people assume that the room should be warmer than normal to allow them a good night’s sleep and protect them from any chills, however, they can comfortably and safely sleep through the night in a bedroom around 18oC. The important thing to do here is to check your baby regularly to see how they are coping with the heat or when it’s cold.

What temperature should your hallway be?

There’s nothing nicer than coming home from work on a cold, blustery night and stepping into the warm cosy haven of home – but blasting your heating in the hallway isn’t really an economical thing to do. For one thing, it’s rare that you spend any significant amount of time in the hallway, except when passing through from one place to another. In addition, it’s often the worst place in the house at keeping heat in, as draughts from the front door and the letter box are often unavoidable. Turn your thermostat or radiators down in the hallway – you won’t notice much impact on your general comfort at home, but you will see a difference in your energy bill.

What happens if your rooms aren’t at the right temperature?

Trying to sleep in a house that is too warm and stuffy is practically impossible, so it can lead to tiredness and irritability, however having a house that is too cold can have its own challenges. Running out of home heating oil, or intentionally leaving your heating off to try and save money can lead to damp and mould developing, which can impact on asthma sufferers and complicate breathing conditions, as well as making for an unpleasant home environment. Follow these recommendations and see what difference they make to your home, and don’t forget you can contact us anytime for a cheap home heating oil quote.