Essential home furnishings for a warm winter home

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Temperatures outside might drop during the winter but it’s vital your home stays warm for the good of your health. People with cold homes are prone to getting colds, flu and pneumonia, and are at a greater risk of having falls, hypothermia, a heart attack or stroke. And with an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths warm winter home in 2014/15, it’s vital that you look after yourself during the colder months.

It’s important that you feel able to turn on your central heating when your home feels cold. If you’re worried about your heating bills, you should contact your energy provider as they have a duty to help customers experiencing fuel poverty. Alternatively, you can call the Energy Saving Trust for advice on 0800 512 012.

There were an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths (EWDs) in England and Wales in 2014/15, the highest rate since the winter of 1999/2000. When the figures were released, a spokesperson from the Department of Health admitted: “Excess winter deaths can be due to a number of causes including cold snaps, flu and other respiratory infections.

“Flu is serious, causing severe illness and deaths in winter. It is vital that older people, pregnant women and those with a health condition get their flu jab this winter.”

There are a number of home furnishings you can buy or make to help keep your home toasty this winter. Here are our recommendations:

For the bedroom

You need to make sure you’re warm all night long, so getting a higher tog duvet will certainly help. A 10.5 tog duvet is ideal if you have central heating, or you could opt for a 13.5 tog duvet if you don’t have central heating or just want to be super cosy.

A hot water bottle or an electric blanket might help on nights that are particularly cold. You should also think about lining your curtains, if they aren’t very thick. Tacking a blanket behind them can be a quick fix and shouldn’t take you long to do, even if you’re a sewing novice.

For the lounge and hall

Perhaps now is the time to reconfigure your lounge furniture, moving your favourite chair or couch closer to your radiator or fireplace? You could add a colourful thick-knit throw to your couch to wrap around yourself whilst you’re watching TV or reading a book.

If you have bare floorboards, adding a rug or two should help stop heat escaping underneath and make your room more inviting. In the evenings you could draw your curtains early, but make sure you open them again in the morning as daylight shining through your windows will help heat your room.

It can be a good idea to buy or make some draft excluders to match your colour scheme and try to get into the habit of keeping your internal doors shut. If your walls (and loft) aren’t insulated, you should really consider it, it can make a big difference.

Try and cover any key holes on your front door as they’ll be letting cold air into your home and allowing warm air to escape. If you have any cracks or holes in your walls, use some sealant to fill them in.

We hope these tips have given you plenty of food for thought. Why not share them with a friend or neighbour?

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