Are you one of those people who keep their house at a toasty 22 degrees Celsius even during winter? If so, you might be wondering why you’re not feeling as warm as you’d like. Contrary to popular belief, keeping your house too warm during the winter can cost you more money and make you less comfortable.
When most people think of winter, they think of huddling indoors by the fireplace to stay warm. However, there are several benefits to keeping your house at a lower temperature, even in the dead of winter.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider turning down the heat this winter:
Lower Temps, Lower Bills
It’s no secret that winter can be a costly time of year when it comes to your electric bill. But there are ways to keep your costs down without sacrificing comfort. One way is to keep your indoor temperature low, even during the coldest months.
You might not think that a few degrees can make a big difference, but you’d be surprised how much you can save by turning down the thermostat a notch or two. For every degree you lower the temperature, you can save up to 5 percent on your heating costs.
So, if you’re looking to cut down on your expenses this winter, consider turning down the heat and bundling up in a cozy blanket instead.
For a better, breathable air
Most people are aware of the dangers of air pollution, but they may not realize that the air inside their homes can be just as polluted as the air outside. In fact, according to the EPA, indoor air can be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Several factors can contribute to poor indoor air quality, but one of the most common is temperature. When the temperature is too hot, it causes pollutants to react more quickly and release harmful chemicals into the air. Conversely, when the temperature is too cold, it inhibits ventilation and traps pollutants indoors. That means keeping your indoor temperature at a low but comfortable level is one simple way to help improve air quality.
Additionally, regular cleaning and dusting will help to remove airborne contaminants from surfaces where they can build up. With these simple steps, you can help to create a healthier indoor environment for yourself and your family.
Mold hates being cool
Many people are familiar with the musty smell of mold and mildew, but they may not know that these common fungi can cause serious health problems. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid environments, and they can quickly spread through a home or office. Aside from causing respiratory problems, mold and mildew can also trigger allergic reactions and exacerbates existing conditions like asthma.
Fortunately, homeowners can easily prevent mold and mildew growth by simply adjusting indoor temperatures to a level that these microbes will not survive. By keeping the air temperature in your home below 20 degrees Celsius, you create an environment that is hostile to mold and mildew growth. Also, be sure to monitor humidity levels and ventilate areas that are prone to dampness.
With simple precautions like these, you can take charge of keeping your home free of mold and mildew.
Perfect for keeping up appearances
In the winter, many people keep their homes and businesses heated to a comfortable temperature. However, did you know that this could be harming your appearance? That’s right – in addition to causing dry skin and static electricity, indoor heat can also cause makeup to melt and men’s hygiene to suffer.
For men, keeping indoor temperatures cool can also help to prevent body odor. That’s because when sweat glands are heated, they produce more sweat, which can lead to an unpleasant smell.
When it comes to makeup, most ladies rely on foundation to even out their skin tone and cover blemishes. However, when exposed to heat, foundation can begin to melt, leaving behind an oily mess. To avoid this, it’s important to set your thermostat to a cooler temperature – around 20 degrees Celsius is ideal. Additionally, women who regularly wear pre-made lashes and pre-made fans benefit from colder temperatures as it causes the glue to harden, making it less likely to come off.
“Maintaining ladies’ makeup is easier when indoor temperatures are kept low. This is because pre-made lashes and premade fans don’t work as well in high humidity. Low humidity also prevents the growth of mold and mildew, which can damage makeup products.” as remarked by a makeup expert from Mawson Lakes.
By keeping your home cool, you can help to reduce body odor and stay fresh all day long.
Less usage, lesser chances of breaking
Keeping indoor temperatures low during winter can also help to extend the life of your air conditioner. Split system air conditioning and ducted air conditioning systems are designed to cool a space by removing heat from the air. However, they can also be used to heat a space by reversing the flow of refrigerant. When used in this way, the air conditioner acts as a giant heat pump, moving heat from the indoors to the outdoors.
In winter, this can put a strain on the system, causing it to overwork and shorten its lifespan. When you keep indoor temperatures low, you can minimize this strain and help to extend the life of your air conditioner.
So don’t be afraid to turn down the thermostat this winter – your air conditioner will thank you for it.
Cooler room for a better sleep
Most people tend to sleep better when the room is cooler. The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. Keeping your bedroom at a cool temperature can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
One reason for this is that our body temperature drops when we sleep. A cool room allows our body temperature to drop more easily, which promotes deep sleep. Cooler temperatures also help to reduce inflammation (if you suffer from one), which can interfere with sleep. Finally, if you tend to get night sweats, a cooler room can help to prevent them.
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, try keeping the temperature low. You might just find yourself that satisfying sleep you’ve been wanting for so long.
All in all, there are many benefits to keeping your indoor temperature cool in winter. Doing so can help to extend the life of your air conditioner, reduce body odor, keep your makeup looking fresh, and promote deeper sleep. So don’t be afraid to turn down the thermostat this winter – your home might just be more grateful to you.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.