Heating your home safely
How warm should my home be?
Public Health England provides guidance on health room temperatures:
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- If you are a healthy adult, under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding, heating your bedroom to 18°C (65°F) overnight may be less important.
- To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16-20°C. For more information visit Lullaby Trust website.
Heating your home efficiently
Some of these tips may seem obvious, but they can make a big difference to your energy bills.
- Get to know how your heating controls such as the timer and thermostat work. Please read further advice on a range of different types of heating controls.
- Set your heating to come on just before you get up and to switch off after you’ve gone to bed.
- Turn down the radiators in the rooms which you only use occasionally
- If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
- If it’s very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
- Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture
- If you use heating oil, LPG, propane, coal or wood to heat your home make sure that you have enough to avoid running out in winter and having to pay extra for an urgent delivery.
- Check how well your heating is operating. If your heating system is over 15 years old it’s time to think about replacing it. It is also very important to ensure you arrange for annual servicing of your heating and chimneys/flues.
Keeping the heat in
Getting rid of draughts and insulating your home not only helps to keep you warm and healthy, but also helps to keep your heating costs down.
- Keep doors closed and draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat inside your rooms.
- Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.
- Fit flaps or brushes to keep the cold air from coming in through your letterbox.
- Draughts can also come through gaps between floorboards and skirting boards – flexible fillers or similar products can be used to fill the gaps.
- If you have an unused chimney, a chimney balloon will help reduce draughts.
- Make sure that your loft has at least 270mm (10 – 11 inches) of insulation. Any loft with 100 mm (4 inches) or less should be topped up.
- If you have a hot water cylinder and wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too.
- Don’t block ventilation such as flues or window trickle vents, even if they feel draughty, as controlled ventilation is important to prevent condensation and mould building up in your home.
Click here for more information on insulating your home.
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