5 things to consider before turning off the heating

5 things to consider before turning off the heating


Posted 2nd April by Peter Byrne

Spring is officially here, and with that comes the warmer temperatures and the debate over whether to turn the heating off or not

In fact, it seems there’s some uncertainty over when we should ‘officially’ switch the radiators off. Google Trends revealed searches for 'when to turn heating off' spiked at 65 per cent this year at the end of February / start of March, as it was found that the arrival of Spring leads to household temperatures becoming a point of contention.

Yet it's not only the energy bills that are affected - it's our personal thermostats too.

Considering this, Nest Learning Thermostat has partnered with thermal expert Michael Symonds, Professor of Physiology, to reveal the areas you possibly hadn’t considered when reaching for the thermostat.

1. Sleep better, dream better

Sleep patterns are at their best between 15.5 and 19.5 degrees Celsius. Subsequently, if you're getting a broken or irregular night’s sleep, it could be because you’re too hot or cold.

If you’re unable to remember the last time you had a dream, it could be because it’s too cold when you’re asleep. This reduces the time spent in active sleep (otherwise called rapid-eye movement, REM), meaning you dream less as a result.

2. Temperature meets exercise

The countdown to getting ready for summer is well and truly underway, and people are starting out exercise regimes as a result. Whether it's a home workout or you’re going for a run in the park, warming up in an environment with similar temperatures helps reduce the risk of muscle injury.

If you enjoy sleeping at cooler temperatures, it's your lucky day, as this helps to promote metabolic health - the body's good fat (brown fat) is activated by the cold, and helps to burn up the fat of glucose, making it a win-win.

3. Netflix and chills

Your body temperatures will change in sync with your mood. When feeling irritated, you'll become hotter and more flustered, while anxiety can lead to a drop in temperature. Therefore, watching an edge of the seat show before bed will likely leave you reaching for the duvet...

4. Dehydrated, whatever the weather

It's not only the hot weather that can leave you feeling dehydrated - the cold can do too. This is due to the optimum temperature for hydration, 'thermoneutrality'. This is when the body temperature becomes perfectly balanced with the environment, and ensures you're neither too hot nor too cold, You're subsequently less likely to sweat and become dehydrated.

If you took the plunge and get a 'new year new me' haircut that you don’t like, there's some good news - hair growth is actually seasonal, and increases in the spring. This is caused by the longer days, along with the hormonal changes it brings (for instance, melatonin and prolactin levels), making it an even better reason for enjoying those hot summer days.

5. Temperature watch

We've all had it where we sit down in a meeting, only to feel heavy-eyed and not quite with it. This could actually be caused by the room's temperature, which can have an impact on how alert and decisive we're feeling.

For instance, warm spaces are more likely to feel tired, while cooler rooms can stimulate the brain. However, it’s all about balance - if it's too cold, your body uses more energy to keep it feeling warm, so your brain activity will only slow down again.

Commenting on it, expert Michael Symonds said: "We spend so much time focusing on what we eat and drink, but all too often forget that simple changes in temperature can have a real impact on how we feel and behave.”

Nest Learning Thermostat can adapt to your household's behaviour as it learns your schedule and lets you easily make a room as comfortable as possible. Within a week, it will be programmed to know your preferences.






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