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How to prepare for a harsh winter

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It’s hard to predict the future, but usually around this time of year, the mercury starts dropping and the Met Office start warning of frosty mornings, potential snow and hazardous driving conditions.

Keep the temperature up

Getting fresh air is important, but make sure that you keep your windows closed at night and check for any drafts or problems with your windows to make sure you’re getting as much insulation as possible. Ideally, your home temperature should be at least 18 degrees. This can be easier to achieve in newer homes and with central heating or similar, so it’s important to make sure you know what your personal heating options are and how you can optimise them for cost-effective comfort this winter.

What is the ideal room temperature this winter?

“The ideal room temperature during the winter is between 18°C and 20°C. During the winter months, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat. But experimenting with different temperatures can both reduce energy bills and potentially lead to a better night’s sleep,” says Andrew Kerr, founder at BOXT.

How to warm a room without turning the heating on

Many people are looking to limit the amount of energy they use to avoid paying sky high gas and electricity bills. No one wants to be cold, however, and no one should have to choose between warmth and other essentials.

Look after yourself and others

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you’re over 65 or have a long-term health condition. It’s also true that many people find they are more prone to catching viruses in winter, so it’s important to do what you can to protect yourself and others. Check with your GP to see if you’re eligible for a flu, Covid-19 and/or pneumonia jab, remember to eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and remain active.