Fuel poverty and health
FUEL poverty can have a devastating effect on people’s physical and emotional health.
The indoor environment is a source of health risk as most people spend more than 90 per cent of time indoors. Older people, young children and babies are less able to detect temperature changes.
18-24°C, the recommended temperature for a living room, known as the comfort zone and has no associated risk. Below 16°C, increased risk of respiratory disorders Below 12°C, increased blood pressure and viscosity, puts a strain on the cardiovascular system Below 9°C, after two or more hours, deep body temperature falls, risk of hypothermia