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Radiators turned on at night, when it is convenient and at risk

Keeping radiators on at night can be dangerous for the quality of your sleep and your health.
Although it is fairly well-known information, with the arrival of the cold, many are fascinated by the warm and comfortable environment at night.
Habits, even if harmful, die hard.
Thus a room that is too hot, which disturbs sleep and makes breathing difficult, is often preferred to a milder temperature, guaranteed by daily heating of the room.
For these and other reasons, such as energy saving and consumption on the bill, it is good to know when it is best to keep the radiators on.
The night? Better to avoid.
Below is a guide on how to avoid the risks of radiators turned on at night, without giving up sleeping in a comfortable environment.
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The time when they turn on most frequently is in the evening, when temperatures drop.
However, it is advisable not to keep the radiators on at night.
In many homes, radiators capable of regulating the temperature automatically are not installed and for this reason the heat could rise too much in the rooms.
In fact, even if it is very cold, a too high temperature in the room has a series of consequences on the quality of sleep and on health.
For example, an excessive difference between the external and internal temperatures can lower the immune defenses and increase the risk of colds and bronchitis.
The useful advice is to keep the radiators on before going to sleep, and then maintain a mild temperature in the bedroom, which for health reasons (improved breathing and quality of sleep) should always be below 20 degrees.
What are the risks of sleeping with a room temperature that is too high? The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization explain that having a bedroom that is too hot, above 18°C, is risky for your health; in fact the internal temperature in adults varies during the 24 hours and in particular during the hours of sleep.
During the night the body disperses its heat, cooling itself until the early hours of the morning, but an environment that is too hot prevents this dispersion and this leads to poor quality sleep, in some cases even insomnia.
Particular attention must be paid to the temperature in the rooms of the little ones, such as for newborns where the temperature must be set to a maximum of 20°C.
In other words: a room that is too hot at night can be harmful.
While falling asleep with a high temperature may seem comfortable, there is a risk of a hot flash during the night.
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A significant saving comes from using radiators only in certain conditions, such as when temperatures drop.
This can happen even several times a day.
The benefits are reduced consumption, although with the risk of "unpredictable" expenses if the rooms struggle to heat; but on the other hand, the heating time of the radiator and the environment must be taken into consideration, especially if it has a reduced capacity to retain heat.
Precisely for this reason, depending on the characteristics of your system, you can think about keeping the radiators on at night at low temperatures or whether to save money and keep them on in the last hours before going to bed.
If the radiators maintain the heat, you will go to sleep in a comfortable environment, but without weighing on your bills or your health as explained in the previous paragraph.
In conclusion, there is no correct answer and a lot depends on the shape of the house and the efficiency of the heating system.
In any case, the domestic temperature should not exceed 20°C, with the exception of the bathroom which can be set to around 21°C maximum.
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