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Expert shares exact date you should turn your heating on this October

Rhiannon Ingle

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Expert shares exact date you should turn your heating on this October

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We have now said our goodbyes to summer and any sliver of sunshine, open windows and jacket-free outings that came with it as we prepare to bring on the chilly months and all the desired cosiness that follows.

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However, many of us will be worrying about the impending cold weather with overnight temperatures now getting closer and closer to zero.

That, coupled with the cost of living crisis, means many Brits are now wondering just when we should start cranking the heating up in our homes.

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An expert has shared exactly when you should turn your heating on this month. Credit: Aitor Diago / Getty Images
An expert has shared exactly when you should turn your heating on this month. Credit: Aitor Diago / Getty Images

According to Met Office data from the past five years and advice issued by the NHS - the best date to turn the heating on is coming up at the end of this week.

Jess Steele, a heating technology expert, said: "Whilst there isn’t an optimum time to switch heating on, our research shows that once temperatures are below 15°C, usually in the middle of October, it is best to turn the heating on as we feel the chill more.

"By the end of the month, even the hardiest among us will have our heating on to keep warm as temperatures are predicted to drop further."

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The exact date that the expert suggests households get their radiators pumping hot water is 20 October.

After that specific date, outside temperatures aren't expected to get any warmer than 15°C for the rest of the year.

"If it is below 13°C outside then serious health issues can arise, especially in vulnerable people," the expert told the Huffington Post. "With many worried about their finances, it can be tempting to hold off putting the heating on but be careful delaying this too long as this can hurt your body."

Be sure to rearrange furniture if its blocks your radiators. Credit: SolStock / Getty Images
Be sure to rearrange furniture if its blocks your radiators. Credit: SolStock / Getty Images
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However, there are some nifty tips and tricks you can do to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to turning the heating on.

Firstly, have a quick scan of your home and make sure no big furniture pieces are blocking those sacred radiators.

Whether that's sofas, tables or desks - move those out the way to ensure the heat properly circulates throughout the room as opposed to going straight into the furniture.

You may also need to rearrange your blinds or curtains to make sure they don't cover the radiators when they're drawn at night.

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This is because the curtains direct the heat up towards the window and then outside instead of diffusing across the area.

So, if you do turn your heating on this Friday - be sure to give your living room a bit of a re-shuffle beforehand.

Topics: Home, Life, Money, UK News, Weather, Cost of Living

Rhiannon Ingle
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