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Fenland residents advised to keep the air flowing this Christmas to help stop virus

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Those living in areas like ours where people can still bubble with other households this Christmas Day still need to follow Government advice to help stop the spread of COVID.

Action such as opening windows every 10 minutes is one way to help curb the spread. Research shows that letting fresh air into indoor spaces can reduce the risk of infection from COVID by over 70 per cent.

After years of advising customers on keeping warm air in their homes to reduce bills, Marc Robson a Smart Energy Expert from British Gas said: "Whether we see a white Christmas this year, we know it could still be chilly with temperatures as low as -1C currently forecast in some areas.

Opening windows every 10 minutes can help curb the spread of coronavirus. (43658023)
Opening windows every 10 minutes can help curb the spread of coronavirus. (43658023)

“However, it's important to follow the government guidance on opening windows and with some sound energy saving tips, people can ensure that they are heating their well ventilated homes in the most efficient way possible this festive season.

1. Re-setting the controls – or the radiator valves – so you only heat the rooms you’re using. Consider opening windows away from radiators to reduce the amount of heat lost from the room.

2. Move your sofa. Furniture pressed up against a radiator stops heat reaching the room. Move things an inch or two away and better air circulation will have your room getting warm and cosy much faster.

3. Fit foil panels. It’s surprisingly easy to add reflector panels behind your radiators to bounce more of the infra-red heat rays back into your room – so less warmth gets lost through the wall.

4. Draw the curtains. After closing the windows drawing the curtains or closing the blinds will help to keep the warmth in. Especially if you have draughty, old-fashioned (closed) windows.

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