Why you’re feeling cold this winter

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As the nights start drawing in, and you find yourself putting on fluffy socks to sleep in, you might notice that you’re still feeling a little cold. There are a few reasons for that, so here are some of them – and how you can keep toasty this winter.

A problem with your boiler

You might notice that your heating isn’t working to its full capacity and your radiators aren’t getting as hot any more. If you haven’t used them for a few months, you might need to bleed them to get the best out of them, and if this doesn’t fix the issue, there might be a problem with your boiler. One example is your boiler losing pressure, which could be caused by a water leak in the pipework, or the boiler just being old or broken. This is a problem that could cost you a pretty penny, as you will be paying out on more fuel to get the level of heat you’re used to. You can always chose a boiler plan to keep you covered too.

An issue with your insulation

If your roof is not insulated at all, or simply insulated poorly, you might notice your house feeling colder throughout, as the heat in your home is escaping through your roof. Not only is this making you colder and costing you more money, but it’s also really bad for the environment, so it really is worth getting fixed if you are able to.

Your own health

You may have noticed that you can be in a room with several people, and although you’re all experiencing the same temperature, some people just simply feel the cold more than others. In general, women are more likely to have cold intolerance than men, but there are also several medical issues that could lead to your feeling cold more often. If you are anemic or iron-deficient, you often suffer from cold hands and feet, and with hypothyroidism, being cold is one of several symptoms. One affliction is Raynaud’s disease, which is when the blood vessels narrow when you’re cold, and the area (often fingers or toes) can turn blue or even white.

Draughts in your home

There are many places in your home that could be causing a draught, and doors are particularly common culprits. A simple draught excluder is an easy fix for this, and if your letterbox is also letting in cold air, you can replace it with one that has a brush inside. Fireplaces, chimneys, and windows are also really common places where you might feel a draught, so it is worth going around your home and looking at likely spots to see what can be done to reduce the amount of cold air that is coming in.

Luckily, with all of these reasons for feeling cold, there is a fix, and you don’t have to spend the whole of autumn and winter feeling chilly. That said, there is a lot of pleasure to be found in snuggling under a blanket with a hot chocolate!



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