Living in a cold, damp home is bad for your health.*
The World Health Organisation recommends that indoor temperatures should be at least 18°C for healthy living and at least 22°C in homes with young children. Research shows that people living in houses which are colder than 16°C are more likely to suffer respiratory illnesses than those living in warmer homes.
A warm and healthy home is not just about turning up the heater. Poorly insulated and ventilated houses, together with cold temperatures promote:
These are some of the key triggers of allergies, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.
* Howden-Chapman, P. et al. "Effect of insulating existing houses on health inequality: cluster randomised study in the community" British Medical Journal, 2007, p.334:460