It’s important for everyone to keep warm in the winter months, especially for older people.
Colder weather and lower temperatures can often increase the risks to our health. There is an increased risk of flu and can have an impact on other problems such as asthma, arthritis and heart conditions. This is why keeping warm in winter can make all the difference to your health.
We’ve put together some helpful tips to keeping warm in winter:
Check You Heating Systems
Make sure you know how the parts of your heating system work, such as the thermostat or timer. Try to check your thermostat every so often to monitor the temperatures in your home.
Alternatively, you could make use of a room thermometer or timer on your heating system. It is better to set your timer earlier to heat up rooms gradually, rather than turning the thermostat up to quickly heat the house. Although, if you do feel cold, turn the heating up.
Test Your Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regularly
Every room with a gas appliance (for example an oven) should have one fitted. This is very important as if air vents become blocked you are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ensure that any air vents are not blocked in any way - fires and heaters need ventilation to work safely. If you have an open fire, put a guard on it. Also, avoid hanging washing too close to, or over the fire.
Keep An Eye On The Temperature
Aim to keep your main living room around 21°C (or around 70°F). The rest of your home should be heated to around 18°C, or roughly 64°F. In the evening, close the curtains – this will help to keep heat in your house. You could even fit thermal linings; this will help to save even more heat.
Keep Rooms Well Insulated
At night, particularly in this cold weather, keep your bedroom window closed. The coldest time of the day is in the early hours of the morning, and when you breathe in cold air, there is a greater risk of chest infections. Consider putting a ‘brush’ in your letterbox if you haven’t got one already – this can prevent a lot of cold air entering the house through the front door.
Take some time to make sure your roof is insulated well, and if you have a chimney but merely a decorative fireplace then consider fitting a chimney balloon to prevent heat being lost.
Winter is a magical time, however, staying safe and well during this time is important so make sure you are fully prepared. If you do require assistance during the winter (or any) season, we are here to help you.