Exact temperature you should set your thermostat to prevent mould

Exact temperature you should set your thermostat to prevent mould

During freezing cold winter temperatures, condensation becomes far more common in households up and down the country as the warm indoor air comes in contact with the cold outside air.

There are a number of different methods Brits can try to combat condensation, ranging from dehumidifiers to washing-up liquid.

One major issue with condensation is that over time it can lead to mould growth, which can be incredibly harmful for those living with it.

As the cost of living crisis continues, and the price of heating bills rise, many households are looking to reduce the amount of time their heating is in use.

However, energy experts at Your NRG have warned that this method can backfire when it comes to condensation, and in fact could create an environment that is suited to mould growth.

They recommend that thermostats should be kept at, or above, a specific temperature to reduce the growth of mould.

“Keep your home’s thermostat over 14 degrees celsius to prevent mould growth – a little higher in tiled rooms,” the energy experts suggest.

“Anything below this threshold will encourage damp to develop in your house, impacting your property and your well-being.”

There is a misconception amongst homeowners that leaving the heating on all day will make your home warmer, however the energy experts at Your NRG warned that that’s not always the case.

“For optimal efficiency and mould prevention, set your boiler to activate only when warm water or heating is needed, and adjust to maintain the temperature you want.”

It is still possible to heat your home effectively whilst being budget conscious, and small adjustments can lead to significant savings.

“By simply lowering your thermostat by one degree, households could save over £100 annually,” the energy experts said.

“Considering the potential impact on 17 million UK households, this adds up to a substantial £2 billion in potential savings.

“For a comfortable and energy-efficient winter, aim to keep your room temperature between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. This range provides the ideal balance for both well-being and cost-effective heating,” they added.

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