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How to Feel the Cold Less at Home

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In this video, you'll learn some simple hints and tips to help you feel the cold less at home.

There are loads more hints and tips to be found in our full program, Lower Your Energy Bills, from insulation to eco-tips around the home!

Avoid using your heating system unnecessarily by bearing in mind these simple tips. Adopting these practices in your day to day life will help you stay warm without having to turn the heating up, saving energy and money!

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The extent to which you feel the cold is linked to 4 main criteria: your metabolism, the room temperature, the wall temperature and the humidity level.

In this video you will learn how to maintain a comfortable temperature by acting on these four points.

First criteria: Your metabolism

Heat sensitivity varies from one person to another.

Young children and older people are generally more sensitive to the cold.

If you start feeling cold, we first of all advise you to dress warmly.

Try to wear several layers of clothing as opposed to one thick sweater.

The air trapped between layers will help you retain body heat and will insulate your body against cold air.

Make sure to pay special attention to your extremities, especially your feet, by wearing socks and slippers.

Second criteria: the room temperature

Generally speaking, a room temperature of 19°C is sufficient for an occupied room.

It's possible that your body may require a higher temperature than this.

If this is the case, opt for more clothing before you turn the heating up.

Don't forget that each degree above 19°C can increase your heating bill by 7%!

Third criteria: The wall temperature.

The temperature you feel is not the same as the room temperature.

In fact, the temperature you feel is the average between the ambient room temperature and the temperature of the external wall.

For example, if you have a room temperature of 20°C in your home and the wall temperature is 16°C: the temperature you feel will be 18°C.

Insulation is the only way of increasing your wall temperature.

If you have windows, hang thick insulating curtains, and close the shutters at night.

To avoid feeling the cold through the floors, lay a rug or a carpet.

Finally, the fourth criteria: the air humidity level

You will feel the cold more in a humid environment than in a dry one.

Ideally, the air humidity level should be between 40 and 60% water in the air.

You can calculate the level of water in the air by using a hygrometer.

To learn how to use a hygrometer, check out our video "How to use a hygrometer"

If the air in your home is too humid, air the rooms by opening the windows for 10 minutes.

This will be more effective if you create draughts by opening another window.

Remember to turn off your radiators when you do this to avoid wasting energy.

Now you know the criteria to act upon to avoid feeling the cold.


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