With the temperature dropping below zero for most us in the UK, now is the time to start thinking of ways you can keep warm and well at home this winter.
Cold homes are a bigger killer across the UK than road accidents, alcohol or drug use.
Here’s 10 tips to stay warm at home this winter
- Wrap up well with several thin layers rather than one thick layer. When sitting for longer periods cover yourself with a blanket.
- Keep your main living room at 18–21°C (64–70°F) and the rest of your house at 16°C (61°F) at least. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. If you have thermostatic valves at the top or bottom of your radiators use them to turn up or down the temperature in the room.
- Close internal doors and use a keyhole cover to block draughts. Use draught excluders to help keep draughts at bay.
- Have regular hot drinks and food such as porridge, soups and stews. Make sure your cupboards are stocked up in case the weather turns particularly nasty.
- Keep as active as possible to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm. When you do sit down, put your feet up as it’s coldest nearest the ground.
- Draw curtains at dusk to help keep the heat in. Buy thermal linings or thicker curtains to also help keep the heat in.
- Keep bedroom windows closed and draft free – especially overnight.
- Cover any bare floors with rugs this winter as you’d be surprised at how much heat is lost through floors.
- If you have a radiator—especially one mounted on an outside-facing wall—you’re probably losing a lot of heat. Line the space between the wall and the radiator with heavy duty tin foil to keep the heat where you want it.
- Don’t miss out on benefits. Depending on your circumstances you may get the Winter Fuel or Cold Weather Payments automatically. If you don’t, visit uk/winter-fuel-payment or call 03459 15 15 15 to see if you’re eligible.
This short Spark video I created also has some tips to prepare your home for winter:
To create your own Spark videos see a previous blog post here.
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