The best temperature for central heating efficiency

It’s hard to guess which is the best temperature to heat your home, while being budget friendly. Does turning up the thermostat at a high temperature for a shorter amount of time work? Or should you go for a lower temperature for longer?

There also isn’t one correct answer. On the one hand, some professionals argue you should keep your heating on low throughout the day.* On the other, you should only turn your heating on when necessary.

What’s the best temperature for my central heating?

According to the Energy Saving Trust**, the best temperature for central heating in the UK is between 18°C and 21°C during the winter, (with a small 18°C boost in the early, colder days of spring and autumn if you feel you need it).

Much higher than this won’t be efficient. It’s a common misconception that the higher you set your thermostat, the quicker your home will heat. This isn’t true - it’ll just be warmer and will burn more energy to fill your home and heat your water.

Follow this, alongside our other simple tips to save money on your energy bill, to ensure you heat your home in the most beneficial way for you.

Why choose Swale Heating?

We were founded in 1972 to focus on top-quality installation with follow-up maintenance to the same standard.

Swale Heating is now one of Kent's largest installers of boilers and heating systems, completing thousands of installations each year, and keeping over 100,000 homes safe and warm, via our maintenance and repair services.

We understand that the failure of your heating system can leave you feeling anxious, which is why we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can find out more about our boiler cover plans and use our online portal to book your repair or annual service. If you would like a quote for a new boiler, click here.

Information sources:

*Ask Jeff

**Energy Saving Trust