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Brundall Medical Partnership

The Medical Centre

The Dales
Norfolk NR13 5RP
Tel: (01603) 712255
Open Mon-Fri 8.30-6.30

Recommended indoor temperatures for homes in winter



Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.


Daytime recommendations:


  • the 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health
  • the 18°C (65F) threshold also applies to healthy people (1 to 64 years)*; if they are wearing appropriate clothing and are active, they may wish to heat their homes to slightly less than 18°C (65F)


Overnight recommendations 


  • maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate
  • overnight, the 18°C (65F) threshold may be less important for healthy people (1 64)* if they have sufficient bedding, clothing and use thermal blankets or heating aids as appropriate


*There is an existing recommendation to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Advice is that rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16 to 20 °C (61 –68F)



Reference: PHE (2014) Minimum home temperature thresholds for health in winter -

A systematic literature review. Accessible from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-planfor-england

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