07 April 2017

Can't Stand the (Lack of) Heat

Given the prices of keeping your home warm, it can be tempting to avoid doing so whenever possible.

With spring now in full flow, you might be even more tempted to shut everything down and try and forget about it until October (at the very earliest). It’s one of the first things that feels more like a luxury than a necessity when you’re trying to cut down on your cash expenditure, so down the thermometer goes and on goes the woolly sweater to make up the difference.

Is this a sensible way of saving money, though?

Yes, Obviously… Right?

If you turn the heating off in favor of heavier clothes and just plain putting up with it, then yes, on a basic level this is the right decision to make. Heating bills are expensive, no matter what type of fuel - oil, electric, or gas - you use to power them, it’s going to cut your outflow if you use them less.

Low Heat Can Harm Health--

Sound unlikely? It’s not.

It’s been suggested that the best room temperature for human habitation is around 64.4º F. Below that temperature, health begins to suffer - especially if you’re in a vulnerable group. This is a particularly important temperature milestone to hit if you’re pregnant, have young children, suffer from chronic conditions, or live with elderly relatives.

Can it be that catastrophic if you don’t keep a room to that temperature? Yes, it can. Even if you are otherwise healthy, living in a lower temperature environment can compromise your immune system. If you’re trying to lose weight, living with the thermometer off can mean that your cortisol levels are higher, making weight loss far more difficult.

Are You Thinking: "64.4º F Is Too High! I Feel Fine Way Below That!"?

That might be the case, but that doesn’t mean you are fine. To push the point, people who have hypothermia also tend to feel quite warm in the final stages. Just because you feel comfortable doesn’t mean you are. You don’t need to be relentlessly shivering to be feeling the impact of living in a colder temperature.

Are There Other Ways to Stay Warm?--

Of course - you can put on the aforementioned sweater, drink hot drinks, and even tuck yourself up under a blanket if you feel like it. However, that’s not going to change the ambient temperature - it’s a small fix for a bigger problem. Therefore, you need to tackle the main issue…

There Are Ways & Means of Cutting Your Heating Bills--

Now to the crux of the point: why are you spending so much on heating, to the point where you’re willing to compromise your health for it?

If you’ve not had your heating system checked by experts like Save Home Heat in the past two years, then you’re well overdue. A system that isn’t running efficiently is going to cost you money, to the point where you have to consider drastic action to cope.

It’s also a good idea to run checks on whether or not you’re paying a sensible rate for your energy. There are comparison sites that will help you do this, or you can contact your existing supplier directly to ask for a better rate.

Whatever you have to do to make heating a more viable option-- do it. By the time summer rolls around you can probably do without, but in those crisper, transitional months, you still need to put your health first.

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