Keeping warm is important to help prevent conditions such as hypothermia, bronchitis, chest infections and pneumonia. Vulnerable people such as the elderly, families on low incomes and people with long-term medical conditions are particularly at risk.
There are a number of things you can do to keep warm.
- Heat your home to at least 18oC (65oF)
- If you can’t heat all the rooms you sue, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
- Fit draft proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors
- Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes
- If possible, try to move around at least once an hour. But remember to speak to your GP before starting any exercise plans.
- Wear lots of thin layers: clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat
- Draw your curtains at dusks to help keep the heat inside your rooms – making sure that your radiators are not covered by curtains or furniture
- Make sure that your loft has at least 270mm (10-11 ins) of insulation. Any home with less than 100mm (4ins) should have it topped up.
- If you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated.
- Eat well – food is a vital source of energy and it helps to keep your body warm. Eat regular hot meals and drinks for warmth.
The Energy Saving Trust has practical advice about how to keep your home warm and the measures you can take.