The Physical & Emotional  Effects of a Cold  and/or Drafty Home

What is your reaction when you are cold?  Many of us want to curl up on the couch…with a bag of chips.  The waistline increase.  The mood decreases.  When the temperature in your home is normal, you are at your most productive place both mentally and physically. 

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(1) TN Interfaith Power and Light, Health Effect of Living in a Cold Home

There are some groups that are particularly hard hit by inadequate heat which often cause high humidity levels in a home.  These groups include those with health issues, the very young, and the elderly.  For those with cardio-vascular issues, low indoor temperatures can cause angina due to thickening of the blood and poor circulation.  Those taking medications such as anti-depressants, sedatives, and tranquilizers will find it more difficult to keep their core temperatures up.  Asthmatics often suffer more in the winter with cold, damp air that comes from an ineffective heating system. And those who have lung or kidney disease are also at risk of complications. (1)

In the middle of a cold snap, who hasn’t chosen an extra sweater instead of boosting the heat?  That may be a wise choice, but only to a point.  We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, so the heat of our home as well as the humidity levels can have a profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being.  Weighing the cost of energy versus our health and comfort makes getting the most of our energy dollars even that much more important.

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