Setting the thermostat for a cozy winter

Setting the thermostat for a cozy winter

What settings are ideal to get the perfect compromise between temperature and humidity levels in your home in winter?

What temperature is ideal?

During the winter months, the indoor temperature should be between 20 and 22°C.

It can be as high as 24°C for older folks. Colder temperatures are associated with high blood pressure, which can lead to a whole host of problems for that segment of the population.

At night or during the day if nobody is home, you can lower the temperature by 3°C. This slight drop can help you save between 4 and 5% in heating costs according to Hydro-Québec.

What about unoccupied rooms?

Unoccupied rooms can be set to 15°C.

Simply by shutting the door, you can save on your heating bill without a problem.

How to control the temperature?

Digital thermostats are ideal.

And the ones you can program are even better as you can adjust the temperature to correspond to different times of the day.

Humidity levels are important too

Wintertime comfort in your home is also affected by humidity.

To check moisture levels in your home, use a hygrometer. The relative humidity should be between 35 and 50.

Too dry, under 30, can result in eye, nose and throat irritation as well as respiratory problems.

Too damp, over 60, and mould and mites can multiply enough to cause asthma.

How to control humidity levels

The air in our homes is generally more dry in winter.

You can always use a humidifier if the air in your home is on the dry side. Just be sure humidity levels don’t exceed 50. And be sure to keep your humidifier clean to prevent stagnating water from producing germs.

Even better is if you can control humidity levels with a central heating system.