Letting fresh air into indoor spaces can help remove air that contains virus particles and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID -19). When someone with COVID -19 breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release particles (droplets and aerosols) containing the virus that causes COVID-19. In poorly ventilated rooms the amount of virus in the air can build up, increasing the risk of spreading COVID-19. We strongly encourage residents to ventilate your homes by opening windows.
Good ventilation will not only help reduce transmission of the virus but will also help reduce condensation, dampness, mould and fungal growth and dust mites.
You may be hesitant about ventilating your home in the winter, due to the cost of heating. If you are worried about the cost of heating your home you may be able to claim financial and practical help. Please visit the Simple Energy Advice website for information about the help that is available or call their helpline on 0800 444 202.
Ofgem has further advice on what to do if you are struggling to pay your energy bills, more information can be found on the Ofgem website
Depending on your circumstances and other criteria, you may also be eligible for support with energy bills:
• The Warm Home Discount supports low income and vulnerable households. Please see the
Warm Home Discount webpages for further information on eligibility and how to apply for the
• The Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payment also help vulnerable households with winter energy costs. Please check the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel
Payment webpages for more information