What is the Ideal Room Temperature for a Puget Sound Home?

Working out the ideal room temperature for your home in the Pacific Northwest can be far from simple. Taking into account the comfort of different family members, including pets, can make aiming for a single, consistent temperature goal a challenge. It is also important to factor in the cost of heating different rooms to a desired temperature, as well as the impact this will have on the humidity of your home and your carbon footprint.

At Quality Heating & Cooling, we can help guide you through finding your ideal temperature by combining scientific research with our many years of experience in central heating.

What’s Your Comfort Number?

It is not uncommon for members of the same household to prefer different room temperatures. The level of comfort a person experiences when a room is heated to 68°(F) can likely be different from that of their partner, a sibling, parent, or son or daughter.  

The ambient room temperature can be affected by a number of factors such as air humidity, clothing worn and levels of physical activity. These can all affect a person’s thermal comfort level and therefore change their preferred room temperature. Air humidity is another key variable, the higher the humidity, the lower the room temperature needs to be, and vice versa.

Achieving the right temperature for your home is important for a number of reasons. Physical comfort is your first priority; being too warm impacts your ability to concentrate, while being too cold increases the risk of common colds, and even heart attacks and pneumonia. It also increases the risk of mold spores growing and creating respiratory problems.

Cost is also a factor. The cost of central heating is a significant overhead and it is important to be as economical as possible, which can also help reduce your carbon footprint.

Different Temps for Different Rooms

The average room temperature is typically around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good ambient temperature to aim for, but it is important to bear in mind that different rooms will need to be heated to specific temperatures.

Living rooms should be heated to around 68 to 71 °F, as this is the area in which you are most likely to be sitting for longer periods of time. Likewise, office rooms should be heated to this temperature to help concentration.

However, there are some experts who say that bathrooms should be heated to between 71 and 75° C. Bathrooms should be warmer to avoid people stepping out of hot showers into comparably freezing rooms.

Bedrooms should be relatively cooler, between 60 and 66° F. Our body temperature decreases during sleep and a cold room helps maintain our internal temperature regulation to get a good night’s sleep. Children’s bedrooms should be slightly warmer, around 62.6-64.4° F, depending on their age.

Any spaces where people spend little time, such as corridors, laundry rooms and lofts, should be slightly cooler than normal living spaces. Aim for between 59 to 64.4°F.

Here are some recommended temperatures for different rooms:

RoomRecommended Temperature
Living Room68°F – 71°F
Bedroom60°F – 66°F
Office Room68°F – 80°F
Children’s bedroom60.8F – 68 °F
Entryway59°F –  64°F
Corridor59°F – 64°F
Bathroom71°F – 75°F
Kitchen64°F – 68°F

Q: What is the ideal room temperature in winter and summer?

The best ambient temperature for your home is usually between 64.4-68 °F all year round, but it is the steps you need to take to achieve this temperature that differ depending on the season. Whatever the season, it is recommended that you use a thermostat to monitor how the temperature fluctuates throughout the day.

Due to the colder weather outside in winter, it is usually harder to maintain this temperature in the home, and can be costly to do so. Keep extra blankets and warm sleepwear handy to help maintain your thermal comfort.

In summer, the challenge will often be dropping the temperature down to 60-68 °F. Frequent recommendations are to open windows to keep air humidity low, as well as using thinner bed coverings to achieve a good night’s sleep.

How to Heat a Home Economically

Heating a home is a significant monthly budget item for households, particularly in the colder months. It therefore stands to reason that we should seek out ways to heat our home in a more cost-efficient way.

Many people try to achieve this by reducing their central heating overnight, or turning it off completely in unused rooms or when not at home. While this can reduce costs quite significantly in the short-term, they eventually encounter several problems.

Firstly, a home that is too cold risks seeing an increase of mold because cold air transports less of the water vapor condensing on windows and walls. Not only is mold unpleasant to deal with, it can cause health issues if left untreated. It can also be damaging to the property and cost significant amounts to remove.

Secondly, reducing central heating in this way makes your boiler work harder to achieve your ambient temperature the rest of the time, consequently using more fuel. While this is still cheaper than leaving your heating on at a low level all the time, it is possible to be more efficient with fuel us

There are better ways of heating a home more efficiently, some of which include better insulation, double-glazing, and switching energy suppliers. However, one of the best ways to achieve a better ambient room temperature is to get a digital thermostat.

A digital thermostat allows you to preset temperatures for certain times, helping you manage your room temperature room by room and even take the weather into consideration. Heating a home in this way gives you more control over when you use energy, saving you money in the process.

Related Questions About Ideal Room Temperature

Q: What is the ideal room temperature during pregnancy?

Many women report feeling hotter during pregnancy. It is important to stay cool and hydrated when pregnant, both for your health and your baby’s health. There is no set ideal room temperature, but we would recommend testing different levels of central heating to find a temperature that is comfortable for you. If you are concerned about the heating in your home during pregnancy, speak to a medical professional.

Q: What is the ideal room temperature for babies and children?

Given their age, babies and young children are less able to regulate their own body temperature. It is therefore important to use central heating and other types of temperature regulation to keep them healthy and comfortable.

The ideal temperature for a toddler to sleep comfortably is between 65-70 °F, which is slightly higher than the temperature most adults prefer when sleeping. Furthermore, scientists recommend that the room temperature for a sleeping baby should sit around 60–68 °F. Make sure to regularly check the temperature of the room, and consult a medical professional.

Q: What is the ideal room temperature for the elderly?

People aged 65 and above are most at risk of health complications resulting from cold weather. The NHS recommends that you heat your home to at least 64.4 °F if you are elderly, not very mobile or have a health condition. Bedrooms in particular should be kept at at least 64°F, and you can use either a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed.

The NHS also recommends that you draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to avoid drafts. We also recommend that you get your heating system regularly checked by a qualified professional to keep you and your family warm at home.

Q: What is the ideal room temperature for pets?

There are many factors that influence the ambient room temperature for your pet. Size, weight, age, health, coat type, breed – all these factors play a part in deciding a pet’s thermal comfort level. Similar to humans, most pets are happy around the 68-72° mark.

In summer, make sure to keep the room temperature below 78°F. Whether it’s a pug, a pomeranian or a parakeet, animals can quickly overheat. In winter, make sure to keep the temperature above 60-64°F and give your pet a soft, warm bed to sleep on. It’s also important to note that the larger the animal, the lower the temperature can usually be.


The ideal room temperature is different for every person, and changes depending on air humidity, clothing worn and levels of physical activity. Our Pacific Northwest climate presents quite a range of options in each of these categories.

 Overall, we recommend aiming for an average room temperature of 68°, with the bedroom being slightly cooler and the bathroom being slightly warmer.

• Look to supplement your central heating by self-regulating your home’s temperature using blankets, hot water bottles and ventilation.

 Invest in a digital thermostat to better track and manage your home’s temperature wherever you are. [QHEAC]

Please note: Room temperatures can and will vary depending on the type of heating and cooling equipment installed and the outside air temperature. Very high external temps may impede the speed and delivery of a targeted temperature setting. These guidelines are intended for educational purposes only. For specific temperature requirements including medical purposes please consult your health care provider.

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