Welcome to our new, Winter Wellness article series – dedicated to offering our best advice for older people, on staying well over the Winter. Please note that these articles are for guidance purposes only, and we’d always recommend frequent visits to your nearest Health Advisor, who will be able to give you personalised advice.
This week’s article is focusing on the hugely important topic of keeping your home warm. The cold weather can make us more susceptible to bugs, especially in later-life; but keeping up with these tips can make it much easier to stay comfortable and stave-off illness.
Keeping your home warm:
Try to ensure that any home improvements, including having your boiler serviced, are completed well before the Winter starts.
The coldest time of day is just before dawn, and breathing in cold air can increase your chances of getting a chest infection. For this reason it’s very important to make sure your bedroom is kept warm particularly during the night. Ideal temperatures for your home are; to 70°F (21°C) for your living room and 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom.
Draught-proofing your home should be a priority to reduce heat-loss. This can either be done by making home improvements, such as insulating your loft, upgrading to double glazed windows, or even cavity-wall insulation. You may also be eligible for financial assistance to set this up. More temporary measures such as draught-excluders, thermal curtain linings and making sure you close windows and curtains will ensure that your home retains heat and your energy bills are kept down.
Efficiently heating your home:
To keep energy costs to a minimum, insulating your home as recommended above will make a huge difference. Insulating your home will also mean that your home retains heat more efficiently, and gets to a warm temperature more quickly.
Many heating systems will have a timer and thermostat, meaning that you can set it to turn on at a specified time, which means that if you venture out, you can pre-programme it to heat up your home in time for your arrival. If you’re unsure how this works, ask a friend or family member for assistance.
Look into the Priority Services Register, which provides extra help and support to older or disabled people. Contact your energy provider for more information on this.
We will be discussing more on how to get financial help when paying for your energy bills in our blog next week. If you’d like to stay updated on our Winter Wellness series, please follow our social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.