When Is It Time To Switch To Warmer Bedding?

Autumn is arriving, and with that the heatwaves, sunny days and balmy summer nights are confined to the past until next year.

However, it is also a time that causes something of a dilemma as one tries to sleep on their velvet bed at night; when is the right time to switch your bedding?

Many, if not most people have many different sets of sheets, pillowcases etc, but typically will have at least two sets of bedding to match the different seasons.

This includes a thinner, lower TOG duvet for the hot summer months, and a thicker, heavier duvet to fight off the winter frost.

However, it can be difficult sometimes to find the right time to switch up your bedding, as switching too early can mean overheating in bed if the weather improves, and switching too late means some unnecessarily shivery nights.

Here are some top tips for choosing the right time to get out the warmer sheets, warmer blankets and thicker duvet.

What Are TOG Ratings?

The TOG rating is a rating that measures thermal resistance, which is a measure of how much a material absorbs and retains heat, as opposed to letting it flow effortlessly through the sheets.

Generally, it is measured on a scale between 2.5 and 15, with most duvets available increments of 1.5.

In practice, the TOG rating assumes no bedsheets, so often the TOG rating is slightly higher than you may expect.

It is not always as simple as this; split TOG duvets meant for couples have one side that is thicker than the other, and some manufacturers make “all-season” duvets, which have a 4.5 tog and a 9 tog that combine using Velcro to make a 13.5 tog duvet for winter.

Should You Change Every Season?

There is a way and a justification to actually change your duvet every three months, adapting to the new season as the warmer or cooler weather starts to hit.

If you are working this way, change your duvet as follows:

  • June/July – 4.5 tog or less to feel cool and breezy at night.
  • Late September/Early October – 7-9 tog to transition to a slightly warmer duvet, particularly in the case of a hot late summer and early autumn.
  • Late November – 13.5 tog to get ready for the bitter winter weather that December brings.
  • March – 10.5 tog to keep warm as spring starts to come into bloom.

These dates are very variable depending on the weather and climate but should allow for a comfortable transition between the different seasons.

However, not everyone has the space or feel they need so many different duvets, so what do you do if you only have a summer and a winter set of bedding?

Change When The Cold Weather Sticks

September and even early October have especially variable weather, with balmy late summer days suddenly replaced by chilly storms. This can make it difficult to decide when to take the bedding out and change your duvet.

The time to change is when it is clear that summer is finally over, usually when the temperatures for a week start to drop and keep dropping.

Once you make the change, stick to it until May or June when spring starts turning into summer.

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