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What is the Ideal School Temperature for Children?

Stepping into a freezing classroom or sweltering gym can instantly zap any child’s focus, no matter how motivated they may be. To help students stay attentive, happy, and healthy, it’s important to keep the internal temperature of your school at the right level – this will prevent discomfort and create a productive environment for learning.

But what exactly is that magic number? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss.

Asbury Heating are the South’s leading providers of school boiler installations and maintenance. Below, we’ve explored what the ideal school temperature is and the steps you can take to achieve it.

What Temperature Should You Aim for in Your School?

Research suggests a sweet spot between 20°C and 22°C for optimal learning. This range falls within the generally comfortable zone for most people and aligns with studies showing improved cognitive function and test scores at these temperatures.

However, keep in mind that age, activity level, and clothing also play a role. Younger children tend to feel colder than older ones, and physical activities naturally generate more heat. You should adjust the heat levels in different rooms accordingly to account for this.

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How Do You Maintain the Ideal Temperature?

Maintaining the ideal temperature year-round can be tricky. Winter often brings battles with draughty windows and cranked-up radiators, while summer can turn classrooms into saunas. However, there are some steps you can take to keep things temperate:

  • Schedule regular boiler servicing and address any issues as soon as they come up. This will help prevent potential breakdowns and keep your boiler working as it should. If your boiler is getting older or isn’t working as well even with regular servicing, it might be a good time to think about upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model.
  • Monitor the temperature throughout the day and make adjustments as needed. Programmable thermostats can help maintain a consistent range.
  • Open windows in cooler weather and during non-teaching hours to allow fresh air to circulate. It may be worth investing in dehumidifiers if the air is particularly humid.
  • Utilise blinds or shades to block direct sunlight and prevent overheating in the summer.
  • Encourage students to wear layers that can be added or removed depending on their comfort level.
  • Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature, so make it easy for students to access water by setting up water fountains and encouraging the use of water bottles.

Keep Students Comfortable with a New School Boiler Installation

Is your school’s boiler on its last legs? Upgrade to a new heating system with Asbury Heating – the go-to boiler specialists for schools in the South!

After surveying your school and getting an idea of its size and layout, we’ll design a well-optimised, energy-efficient heating system that perfectly suits its needs. We’ll then install it quickly and safely, working around your school’s schedule to minimise disruption to classes.

Not only will your new boiler maintain a comfortable temperature in your building, but it will also help cut down on energy costs, putting more money back into the classroom. And with routine maintenance and 24/7 emergency repairs from our Gas Safe-registered engineers, you can trust that your system will keep running smoothly for years.

Ready to get things rolling? Get a quote online or give us a call on 01202 745189 today!

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