The Great Thermostat Debate: Should Your Home be Warm or Cold?

The thermostat is a common source of contention in many households. Any time you move in with a new roommate or partner, you need to establish a set point for the temperature. This can become a heated debate if you are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Regardless of your personal opinion, there are facts to support your preference. Here are some facts that may help you win the heating and cooling debate with your housemate. Although, if you prefer it cold, you certainly have an edge. 

Ideal Room Temperature

There are different factors that go into determining your home’s optimal temperature. The average home rests between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Factors that determine the ideal temperature for you include season, insulation, region, and personal preference among other things. The average set temperature is 68 degrees in the summer and 70 in the winter. 

The ideal temperature changes during the nighttime. Experts say that for a healthy adult the thermostat should stay around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they do offer the range of 60 to 67 degrees for optimal sleep. If your bedroom gets too hot, it can interrupt your REM cycle. When this happens, you may be groggy, your immune system may suffer, and you may experience memory and learning problems. 

Effects of a Warm House on Your Health

Keeping your house warm can have some positive effects on your health. 

Energy Booster

A warm house can be an energy booster. It can signal summer and the end of hibernation, which may make you want to get up and run around or maybe just clean the house up. 

Memory Enhancer

A warmer climate helps with circulation. This means increased blood flow to your head and heart. When your blood circulates with ease it helps keep you alert and makes your memory sharper. 

Blood Pressure

Your body needs to stay within a specific temperature range. If you get too cold your lungs and heart will overcompensate to warm you up. This can lead to high blood pressure and resulting conditions like heart disease. 

Benefits of a Cold House

Keeping your house cool, especially during the night, offers a lot of advantages. 

Burns Calories

Your body uses body fat to keep you warm in cold conditions. If your home is cool, your body will naturally help you keep fat off. 

Prevents Bug Infestations

Many bugs that can be found in houses can’t survive in cold weather. Mosquitoes and cockroaches will die in a cold environment, which is good news for you These insects can carry diseases with them. 

Muscle Recovery

If you’ve ever seen an over-extended athlete sink into an ice bath, then you probably already understand that cold conditions aid in muscle recovery. Some benefits of ice or cold conditions are inflammation reduction and muscle recovery. 

Better Sleep

One of the most important reasons to keep a cool house is for better sleep. People need to be cool during sleep so their  REM cycle can complete without disruption. Our bodies stop regulating temperature while we’re asleep. If you get too warm, you can wake up groggy and cause your memory, immune system, memory, and learning capabilities to deteriorate. 

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