Everyone wants to feel warm at home. The temperature of each room must be good for health and well-being, but also to keep moisture away. However, it can be difficult to know where to start to determine the best room temperature. And keeping your home at a comfortable temperature during varied and sometimes unpredictable seasons is not easy.

The ideal room temperature for a home

Statistics are an excellent starting point for determining the best room temperature for your home.

  • The average indoor temperature is 18°C ;
  • A British study suggests that most people believe the ideal temperature to 21°C.

In terms of human health and well-being, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises us :

  • The minimum recommended temperature is 18°C ;
  • The optimum ambient temperature is between 18°C and 21°C ;
  • Minimum temperatures of 20°C or 21°C may be required for the elderly and the sick ;
  • Temperatures below 18°C or above 24°C may pose a health risk.

Factors influencing the choice of temperatures

Some factors can affect the ideal temperature of your room. There is no point in adjusting your thermostat according to someone else’s recommendations if you do not feel comfortable. Another factor to consider is the bedroom room. It is so advisable to keep different rooms at different temperatures, as follows:

  • 21°C in living rooms, dining rooms and bathrooms;
  • 20°C in kitchens;
  • 18°C in bedrooms, corridors and locker rooms.

Indeed, the different temperatures reflect the different ways in which you use the rooms of your home. The hottest temperature is recommended in areas where you spend most of your time. The kitchen may be colder as it gains extra heat during cooking. There is no need to keep underused areas such as the corridor warm, and a lower temperature is better for more recuperative sleep.

What temperature for a newborn?

Most experts recommend keeping your home at a temperature between 18 and 22°C for newborns. This may require heating the house in winter and cooling in the summer while properly dressing the baby at room temperature.

Indeed, babies regulate the temperature of their body by the head. The most important thing is that they fall asleep on their backs. Sleeping bags are a great option, with extra layers laid next to the baby if needed.


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