You may well balk at the idea of turning your heating down right now (after all, it is still a little on the chilly side), but there are actually a few reasons why you should consider turning your central heating down now rather than leaving it until later in the spring.
Of course, the most obvious reason is to save money, and it’s not exactly rocket science to work out that if you turn down your heating then it will cost you less in heating bills. However, did you know just how much you can save? According to this article, just turning down your heating by 1°C can save you up to £55 per year, so it’s definitely worth trying, and you’d barely even notice it!
Here are some other reasons, aside from saving money, why you should turn the heating down…
Get a better night’s sleep
There is apparently a magic temperature at which it’s easiest to fall asleep, so, by having the temperature too high, you could be preventing yourself from having a good night’s sleep. If you’ve ever struggled to sleep on a warm summer’s night then you can probably believe this.
Also, if your body is too warm then this can prevent the release of growth hormones and melatonin whilst you’re asleep. These things are important for a variety of reasons, including anti-ageing, tissue repair, promoting a healthy weight and can also help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
You’ll help the environment
Aside from saving money, the most glaring reason to turn your heating down is to do your bit for the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. Again, just by turning it down by 1°C can have a massive impact, saving almost a third of a tonne of carbon every year.
Give your fridge and freezer a helping hand
This might sound like an odd reason to turn down your heating but it’s worth considering. The warmer the temperature is in your house then the harder your fridge and freezer have to work in order to keep your food cold and fresh. Turning down the heating just helps them out a little and means they don’t have to work quite so hard, which could also extend their lifespan, potentially saving you a bit of money.
Prolong the life of your houseplants
Your plants probably aren’t a big fan of being too warm. The increased heat in the house means that they require more water, similar to how we need more water as it gets hotter. If they don’t get this water then they will wilt and shed their leaves in order to conserve the water they do have. Turning down the heating can prolong the life of your plants without worrying about watering them all the time. This is especially handy if you’re going away and don’t want to return to dead houseplants.
Other ways to keep warm
If you’re worried about being too cold if you do turn your heating down, then check out our guide to keeping warm without turning up the heating. Other ways of keeping warm include:
- Ensuring your house is properly insulated
- Block up any draughts
- Invest in double, even triple glazing.
- Pop on a jumper
- Cook or bake more – the heat from the oven will spread throughout the house
If you have any tips for keeping warm without having the heating on then please let us know in the comments below.