Are you cold at home?

Living in a cold home can be bad for your health

It is important to keep your home warm. Living in a cold home can have a serious impact on health. This includes increased risk of heart attack, stroke, respiratory infections and poor mental health.

Heat your home to at least 18°C. Keep your bedroom at this temperature all night if you can.

The following groups are most at risk:

  • aged 65+
  • children under 5
  • pregnant women
  • long-term health conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • mental health conditions
  • disabilities
  • on a low income.

There are around 25,000 additional deaths each winter in England - around 40% of these are due to poor housing.  It’s not just very low temperatures that can be a problem - negative health effects start at indoor temperatures below 18°C.

We recognise the importance of this issue and working with partners have developed a Fuel Poverty & Affordable Warmth Strategy to address the causes of fuel poverty and cold homes and their impact on the health of our residents.

You can also follow the tips and advice below and find out about more about keeping warm and help with heating costs.

The My Life directory lists services and organisations in Brighton and Hove offering support to keep you warm at home.

Keeping you warm and well in your home

  • Keep your bedroom windows closed at night – cold air can be bad for your health.
  • Wear several thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleece.
  • Have regular hot food and drinks during the day.
  • Keep active when you are indoors – try to move around at least once an hour.
  • Close your curtains just before it gets dark to keep heat inside your rooms.
  • Make sure your radiators are not blocked by furniture or curtains.
  • If you have heart or breathing problems, try to stay inside when it is very cold.
  • Check your prescription medicines. Make sure you have enough to last through the cold weather.

Saving energy and money

There are advice agencies in the city to help Brighton & Hove residents. This includes information and advice and how to save money, make money and manage your money better. If you're worried about bills you can't pay or you want to check whether you're entitled to any benefits or tax credits please get in touch with the Brighton & Hove advice partnership.

Visit the Advice Brighton & Hove website.

For more advice and tips on how to save energy in your home go to our main energy efficiency page

Helping others

Please remember to check on older and vulnerable neighbours and relatives. Make sure they’re warm, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.