18 isn’t just our lucky number, that’s the minimum indoor temperature recommended by the World Health Organisation. Heating the living room can make a big difference to mental outlook and physical health.
In a nutshell
Keep it ﬁxed
The heating source needs to be ﬁxed, so plugging in a spare heater won’t do the trick.
Location, location location!
The standard only applies to the main living room. If your rental property has more than one living room, then only the largest living room needs to be heated.
Size it right
Use our heating assessment tool to ensure you’ve got the right size heater for your living room.
It’s all about the timing
Make sure if the heating you provide is an electric heater or heat pump that it has a thermostat. That small piece of technology will make the heating more consistent and help tenants use it efficiently.
Don’t wait: insulate!
It’s best to make sure your insulation is up to standard. Then, any heating sources will be much more efficient.
Get a professional in
If in doubt, speak to a pro. Most new heating will need to be installed by a licensed electrical worker or registered gasfitter. Wood and pellet burners require council consent for installation.
Just a wee bit more
If you already have a fixed heating source, then it might just need a top up to meet the standards. Some types of heaters can’t be used to meet the standard as they are either inefficient, unaffordable to operate and/or unhealthy to run. Check out the full details on heating requirements.