What would be the optimum temperature for our home during the cold weather when we’re away on a trip?

The upcoming holiday season often involves traveling for many people. If you’re planning to leave your home for a few days, you may be wondering what temperature to set your thermostats at during your absence. The following article aims to shed some light on the matter and help you leave your home with peace of mind.

Optimal Temperature

Before determining at what temperature to lower the thermostats during our absences, it’s important to know the optimal temperature to maintain in the house during winter when we are present. In fact, there isn’t a single optimal temperature. This means that a temperature that feels comfortable in the living room may not have the same effect in the kitchen or bedroom. It varies from one room to another. However, an average temperature of 19°C is generally recommended. It strikes a balance between energy efficiency and the occupants’ comfort. Naturally, dressing appropriately, such as wearing warm clothing (wool sweaters, long pants, etc.), is necessary at this temperature. Rooms like the dining room, kitchen, or living room are well-suited for this temperature. In the evening, the temperature can be lowered a few degrees since blankets will compensate for the temperature difference. The bathroom typically requires a higher temperature to feel comfortable when stepping out of the bath or shower. A temperature ranging from 21 to 22 degrees would be more suitable for this type of room.

Ideal Temperature When Leaving the House

Generally, it is advisable to set the ambient temperature in all rooms at 16°C when the house is unoccupied throughout the day, such as when you leave for work. If you’re leaving for a weekend or vacation, you can lower the thermostats to 12 or 14 degrees. This is to prevent the deterioration of the premises or the freezing of pipes. In the event of frozen pipes, significant water damage could occur, which is undesirable and could become very costly. This temperature allows for a quick return to a comfortable temperature upon your return. The idea of not lowering the temperature too much is also to maintain a safe humidity level that won’t lead to condensation or mold. Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air, and relative humidity levels increase as the temperature drops.

Don’t Forget to Shut Off the Water

If you’re going away for a few days, remember to shut off the water, even if you maintain a suitable temperature. No one is immune to a prolonged power outage that could cause a drastic drop in temperature and potentially freeze the pipes.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your year-end holiday with peace of mind.

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