Indulging in the warmth of a toasty bed on a chilly night may be tempting. Still, experts caution against leaving the heating on overnight, citing various potential drawbacks for both personal well-being and home maintenance.
BestHeating, in collaboration with haircare specialists Neäl & Wølf, sheds light on the adverse effects of keeping the heating at full blast while catching some shut-eye. Among the concerns raised are energy wastage, the risk of developing unsightly mould on walls, and potential harm to skin and hair.
Energy Efficiency Matters Turning off the central heating before bedtime is not just a cost-saving measure; it’s also an environmentally conscious choice. Jess Steele, a heating technology expert at BestHeating, recommends running radiators for a few hours in the evening and setting a timer for the heating to come on an hour before waking up. This method ensures comfort without unnecessary energy consumption, ultimately preventing a hefty energy bill.
Mould Prevention Leaving the heating on high throughout the night may contribute to health and home issues. Jess Steele explains that while having short bursts of heating can prevent mould growth, keeping it on continuously can lead to excess moisture being trapped in warmer air. This moisture, when in contact with cold windows, can result in window condensation and, ultimately, a mould problem.
Hair and Skin Concerns Laura Elliott, head stylist and educator at Neäl & Wølf, highlights the potential damage to hair in centrally heated environments. Overexposure to heating can lead to dry and brittle hair, increased occurrences of split ends, and overall lacklustre strands. To counteract these issues, she recommends regular use of conditioning treatments to restore moisture.
Elliott also advises against excessive heat styling, as it can strip natural oils from the hair, advocating for heatless styling alternatives to protect hair health during winter. Ultimately, the experts emphasize the importance of finding a balance between staying warm and mindful energy use to ensure a comfortable and healthy living environment.