Keeping warm at home
By Hannah West
It is important that during winter you keep warm as a drop in temperature can affect your body’s ability to fight off viruses and infections.
As part of our winter wellness campaign, we have put together some tips on how to stay warm and safe this winter.
What temperature should my home be?
Age UK recommends keeping the living room at 21°C, the bedroom at 18°C and the rest of the house at least 16°C. Set your heating to come on just before getting up and switch off after bedtime, so your home is kept warm whilst you get in and out of bed.
It is also beneficial to arrange for your heating system to be serviced regularly to make sure it works well. You can arrange this by contacting your heating supplier.
Hot water bottles & Electric blankets
At night you can use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to stay warm. Although electric blankets are a great way to keep you warm, you need to be careful as they can cause a fire risk. For tips on how to use them safely click here.
Warm clothing & blankets
Blankets are also a great way to stay warm in your home. Keep blankets near your sofas or chairs so they are to hand if you need them.
Wearing several thin layers will keep you warmer than wearing one thick layer of clothing, as the layers trap in hot air. Wearing thermal underwear, tights hats, gloves and scarfs when you go outside will help you keep warm in the colder weather.
Having at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks throughout the day will help you keep warm. Try to have a well-balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables such as casseroles, soups, and stews.
Insulating your home
Make sure that the house is well insulated to keep the heat in. Draft proofing doors and windows, as well as insulating the loft will help to retain as much heat as possible.
It is also beneficial to draw the curtains, fit thermal linings and keep windows closed to help retain the heat.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to receive Winter Fuel or Cold Weather payments. To find out if you are eligible visit: gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or call 03459 15 15 15.
There are many other things you can do this winter to stay well. For more winter wellness advice, click here.