What is ambient temperature — and how warm should your home be this winter?

A lounge with a lit fireplace with a grey cushion and a painted black surround, two bookcases and a wooden chair with a grey cushion and grey throw draped over it
(Image credit: Garden Trading)

As the weather gets colder, thoughts inevitably turn to keeping our homes cosy over winter. But staying warm isn't just a case of cranking the heating up – it’s about creating a stable and comfortable environment that enhances the well-being of everyone in the household and the fabric of the house itself.

When we talk about the 'ambient temperature' of our homes, we're referring to the overall feel of warmth or coolness in our living spaces. The key to achieving the perfect ambient temperature throughout our homes is to maintain a consistent and comfortable level of warmth, no matter how cold it is outside.

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.