Humans need only a few things to survive and be comfortable in life. One of those is a roof over our heads – but more than that, we need to be warm to function properly – emotionally as well as physically.
Don’t underestimate the impact of living without warmth in your house. A cold home not only means an uncomfortable living situation; it can also pose serious physical and psychological health issues that should be avoided wherever possible.
Living in an unheated house in the UK poses more danger than most of us realise, and it’s important to understand the risks involved. With that in mind, here’s our guide to the effects of cold on your health, your home, and what you can do to change things…
Cold Increases the Risk of Viral Infection
Exposure to the cold diminishes the production of new cells and antibodies. It weakens the immune system, which increases the chances of developing viral infections, such as the common cold, flu or ‘the winter vomiting bug’ norovirus.
In elderly people, viral infections can pose much greater health risks, and should be prevented wherever possible, by making sure they are able to enjoy conditions that are conducive to comfort.
Cold Causes Problems With Damp and Mould
Having a cold house increases the condensation which collects on the walls, increasing the chances of developing damp and mould patches. Mould spores can irritate the throat, and eventually lead to serious damage to the respiratory system when inhaled.
Some people are particularly sensitive to mould, and develop allergic reactions to touching it, as well as inhaling it.
Here’s some of the health problems that can be exacerbated from prolonged exposure to mould and damp:
- Watery eyes
- Asthma attacks