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Why some people need their heat on all the time

It’s spring time in Ireland, which for most of us means that we can shake off the winter blues while we shrug out of heavy jumpers, thick cardigans and swap winter wellies for summer sandals. The temperature starts to creep up, we venture outdoors, blinking into the sunshine and some extremely hopeful people might even dust off the BBQ in the back garden (very hopeful!).

If you’re thinking this sounds like a different planet to the perma-frost one that you live on, it could be because you are one of those people who just feels permanently cold. People often confuse underlying medical conditions for their cold house and automatically turn the heating on instead of taking a step back to address the issue.

It’s not practical to use your home heating oil all through the spring and summer to combat your chill, not to mention the expense of it, so perhaps there are some underlying reasons why some people need their heat on all the time, that aren’t related to the temperature outside. Let’s look at a few common reasons for feeling constantly cold no matter the temperature.

Tired

When you feel tired or suffer from fatigue, you can feel ‘off’ all the time, and it’s not just related to your body temperature. You can feel sluggish and less alert, but these same factors can alter your body too – you will process food and nutrients much more slowly, which can result in slower metabolism and slower circulation which is one of the key factors required to keep your body warm. So, a good night’s sleep could be just what the doctor ordered. Try this first instead of increasing the thermostat and wasting any of your precious home heating oil.

Poor circulation

It’s not uncommon for your core body temperature to feel warm, only for your fingers and toes to freeze! There is a condition called Raynaud’s which can affect your digits, and you can read more about it here. Combat poor circulation the natural way with some gentle exercise to get the blood pumping again, quitting smoking and if you still feel like your feet are ice blocks, a hot water bottle at the end of the bed works wonders.

Anaemia

This is a medical condition whereby your body can’t make enough normal red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. One of the most noticeable symptoms of this is chronic coldness, so while you might feel freezing cold, everyone else in your household will feel totally normal. For this reason, you can’t really justify turning the heating on to combat the coldness, but it can be overcome by adding more iron to your diet. Time to stock up on red meat, eggs and leafy green veg.

Thyroid problems

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that secretes hormones and when it’s out of balance it’s called an overactive or underactive thyroid and could be the reason you’re feeling cold all time (nothing to do with your home heating system!) It needs to be diagnosed by a doctor, so if you are worried in any way make an appointment to see your local GP.

If in doubt, always speak to your doctor about your health. Of course, if your cold house is caused by heating issues, then we should be your first point of contact! For any home heating oil related matters, we’re experts in our field and we’ll be more than happy to help. Get in touch with us today.