The reference room temperatures
The ideal temperature in the house, room by room
BY EDITOR LIVIOS | Mailys Chavagne
When the temperatures outside start to drop, we turn the heating up a degree inside. Not only the temperature, but also the energy bill is rising. What is actually the ideal temperature at which you can keep it comfortably warm without spending money? That answer varies depending on the space…
Generally speaking, 19°C is the ideal temperature for a home. However, the needs and activities we carry out differ from room to room, which requires an adapted temperature. For example, you set very different heat requirements for the kitchen and the bathroom. We go over the different rooms and their ideal comfort temperature.
19°C in the living room
It is best to keep the temperature at 19°C in the sitting area, kitchen and dining area. That doesn’t seem like much, especially for the chillies among us and certainly on a winter evening, but that way you will be able to save on your energy bill. If necessary, turn the thermostat up a notch, up to 20°C, if it’s really too cold for you. Above that you will not save anything. 19°C is also the ideal temperature for a desk.
Fun fact: by lowering the thermostat by one degree, you save 7% on your energy consumption. Discover more savings tips for your heating.
17°C for your bedroom, hallway and toilet
In the circulation zones or service areas, such as the entrance hall, the corridor and the toilet, it must not exceed 17°C. For a bedroom, that is even just 16°C. Usually you only use them to sleep and at that moment you are nice and warm wrapped up under a thick duvet. It may be a bit chilly when you just crawl into bed, but you will quickly feel warm. By the way, when it’s too hot in the bedroom, it’s often at the expense of your sleep quality. To avoid losing too much heat, you can keep the shutters or curtains closed.
Please note: the temperature in the baby’s room should be slightly higher (between 18 and 20°C). Small children (up to the age of approximately 2 years) are not yet able to regulate their own body temperature (properly).
22°C in the bathroom
It can be warmer in a bathroom. You don’t want to get out of the shower or bath shivering. When you are in the bathroom, 22°C is a minimum. Then the thermostat can drop to about 17°C. In any case, keep the temperature above 16°C to limit the risk of condensation.
Also read: 5 tips for a perfectly warm bathroom
When no one is home, you don’t have to heat your home in the same way. There is no one who benefits from that pleasant temperature and you therefore use energy unnecessarily. If you are only away from home during the day, set the thermostat to 16°C for that period. If you are away for a longer period, set them to 12 to 14°C.
Attention: Never turn off the heating completely in winter, so that the pipes cannot freeze. Cold temperatures can also encourage moisture.