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Keeping Warm Winter

Keeping Warm

How can I keep myself warm?

Even if it isn't a severe winter, cold weather makes us more susceptible to certain illnesses. Follow these tips to stay healthy and keep warm indoors and out. 

  • Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air. Clothes made from wool or fleecy synthetic fibres such as polyester are a better choice than cotton. Start with thermal underwear, warm tights or socks.
  • Use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag or an electric blanket to warm the bed.
  • Check whether your electric blanket can be kept on all night. Some blankets should only be used to warm the bed before you get in. If you have continence difficulties, talk to your doctor before using one.
  • Never use a hot-water bottle and an electric blanket together as this can be dangerous and get your electric blanket checked every three years by an expert.
  • Check local news and weather forecasts for advice when cold weather is predicted.

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How Can I Keep My Home Warm?

Close the curtains in the evenings and fit thermal linings if you can. This will keep the heat in.

  • Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold. The coldest time of the day is just before dawn and breathing in cold air increases the risk of chest infections.
  • Draught-proof doors and windows, insulate the loft, lag the hot-water tank and pipes, and consider getting cavity-wall insulation. These measures will help to keep your home warm and your energy bills down - and you may be able to get financial help to set these up
  • Keep your main living room heated to 21°C (70°F).
  • Heat your bedroom to 18°C (64°F).

How can I heat my home efficiently?

  • Energy prices are high, but heating your home is easier and cheaper if it's well insulated and your heating works properly.
  • Get to know how the timer and thermostat on your heating system work. You may be able to set the timer to switch the heating on earlier.
  • Have your heating system serviced each year and check that it's working before the cold weather starts. Gas heating must be serviced by a Gas Safe-registered engineer.
  • Ask your energy supplier about their Priority Services Register, which gives older or disabled people extra help and support

Gas safety advice for residents

Gas appliances need to be serviced annually. If they're in poor condition, they may be dangerous.

If you smell gas or suspect there may be a gas leak, call the National Grid Gas Emergency freephone number on 0800 111 999.

Gas safety for tenants 

If there's a gas fire or gas hot water system in your home, our gas servicing contractor will arrange to inspect it once a year. The engineer will give you a copy of the annual gas check certificate.

Our gas servicing contractor will contact you to let you know when your inspection is due and make an appointment. It's very important the check is carried out. If you don't let our contractor into your home, you could be in breach of your tenancy agreement. 

If your heating isn't working,or if you think a gas appliance in your home may be unsafe, please contact Axis immediately.


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