Hacks to Help Maintain Your Room’s Temperature
Climate change is very real, and most of us are feeling the effects in our homes. From long winters to sudden heat waves, you might be struggling to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Maintaining the right temperature at home is especially important in the bedroom as our bodies need the right atmosphere to fall asleep. Use this guide to help you maintain the optimum room temperature from winter through to fall.
How our bodies react and adjust to temperature
It is natural for our body temperatures to increase and decrease throughout the day as we go about our routine. For someone who has an active lifestyle or is on their feet a lot, their body may run hotter than others, to align with their blood pressure and breathing levels. When we are resting, especially when we’re in bed at night, our bodies slowly cool down. We lose heat so our bodies fall asleep easier, which is why many of us reach for that extra layer of bedding in the middle of the night at times!
How to maintain a suitable room temperature
However each of our bodies are different, so to get the most out of a good night’s sleep, it’s important to listen to your body and keep your room’s temperature to one that suits you best.
For those of you who run hot
Night sweats are a common phenomenon, and unless it bothers you for months at a stretch there’s no need to consult a specialist. Take your room temperature under your control by adjusting the thermostat before you sleep and doing a few adjustments to your bedding and night-time routine.
- Close all windows, doors, and any other openings that might be letting out the cool air from your room while your air conditioner is on.
- Keep curtains closed and use dark and heavy material to block out all light, especially sunlight.
- Run your fan or air conditioning an hour before you intend to go to bed so the room is cool when you go in.
- Use light bed sheets instead of heavy blankets.
- Use cotton bedding and wear cotton nightclothes instead of anything synthetic.
- Keep a bottle of cool water on your bedside table to quench your thirst at night.
Keeping warm during cold nights
Some of us are a bit cold-blooded than others. If you wear socks at home, even in the summer, then you’re one very cool cucumber and nights can get especially frosty for you. Here’s how you can keep extra warm and regulate the temperature in your room.
- Close any cracks in your window or under the door that might be letting in a draft.
- Invest in thick blankets, and keep extra layers at the foot of the bed for when you need them.
- Wear thick socks to bed, as warm feet are key to warming up the rest of your body.
- Cover your floor with carpets or rugs for extra insulation.
- Place your bed away from the window.
- Cuddle up with a hot water bottle or bed heater under the covers.
Setting the score on room temperatures
If you share your living space or bedroom with a roommate or partner, things can definitely get trickier when it comes to room temperature regulation. To avoid conflict over setting the thermostat level, agree to compromise by picking what experts suggest is the best temperature for sleeping: 65°F. Let accessories and layers do the rest of the work for you.
How do I maintain a room’s temperature and humidity simultaneously?
Set your air-conditioner or fan at a lower temperature than what is outside. This will help dehumidify the air in your room. If this doesn’t work, use a portable dehumidifying device to help control the humidity.
What equipment is best for maintaining room temperature?
You can leave your windows and doors open so your room matches the natural temperature outside. If that is not comfortable for you, take your room temperature under your control with a ceiling fan, portable table fan, or air conditioner.
Are fireplaces safe inside the house?
As long as your house has plenty of ventilation, it is safe to have a fireplace inside. Wood fireplaces may seem a bit outdated, however many houses still have them. For those with weak lungs or who suffer from difficulty in breathing, it is important not to sit in the same room as a fire for long periods of time. This applies to healthy people as well, and even if there is an electrical fire in the room. If you can’t breathe comfortably, put the fire out immediately.
How much does a fireplace cost?
The cost of a fireplace will depend on many factors, and there is no fixed cost. Some factors that come into play include wood vs electric fireplaces, how old the property in question is, whether there is an outlet for a fireplace already or if a new one needs to be created, and how big a fireplace is required. Choose one that works well for your lifestyle and budget.