I’m having a new boiler fitted, and although the work is going well, it meant I was without central heating and hot water overnight.
This was not a great problem, as I have a gas fire in the lounge (although it is soon to be removed), and no lack of small electric fires/radiators in the house; and my shower – which I prefer to baths – is electric.
So I turned on the gas fire yesterday evening, and got the room up to my normal 19-20 degrees C, while I had my tea. However, I was doing bits and pieces in my office upstairs, so I turned the fire off again, and put on a fleece over my jumper.
It was only late in the evening, when I was once again in front of the TV, that I realised the fire was still off, and yet I was still comfortable. The thermometer read 17 degrees, and when I went up to bed, the upstairs was 13 degrees. But I jumped under the covers, and was soon snug.
I always thought that 19-20 degrees was relatively sensible for a sitting room, and quite low compared to many of my friends. I know I often tweak the temperature up when I have visitors. However, it all depends on what you’re used to – certainly, when I was a kid, and pre-central-heating, we never had our home as warm as is currently common.
So knowing this is read by a mixture of frugal people and folk who like their comforts, let me ask – what do you consider a comfortable temperature, and what do you actually have your heating set to?