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Why do so many men and women argue over the thermostat?

The temperatures have plummeted, and the annual battle for control of the thermostat is breaking out in Britain’s households!

On the face of it, thermostat control might seem like a trivial issue. But as any spouse will tell you, small issues can often turn out to have outsized effects – both on the marital relationship, and the family budget.

Indeed, according to one recent survey by manufacturer Honeywell, 30 percent of respondents who live with at least one person admit they can never agree with housemates about temperature. And 27 percent take matters into their own hands, by changing settings without others’ knowledge.

What are your views? How do you work out the optimum household temperature in your home?  Who controls the thermostat?

 

Do you ever have heated arguments over the thermostat?

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Munsterlander
20th Dec 2014
3
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I am always turning the thermo down. Do you think its better at a standard temp or keep turning it up and down during the day and night.
I dont think there is much point in heating the house when your in bed.

When I was a kid in the 60's we had ice on the inside of the windows during winter. We could not turn the thermostate down, because we didnt have one!!!!
Wilf
21st Dec 2014
2
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I totally agree Munsterlander...we should keep the thermostats off and stop wasting energy. When I was a lad we just put on more clothes. We only had one gas fire to heat the house and the dog used to hog that!
Rotarian1190
16th Dec 2014
2
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I am always cold and the heating is constantly at 20c in cold weather.
My husband of 46 years is soooooo understanding, he shuts himself
In his model room with the radiator turned down.
Bazeley
16th Dec 2014
3
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I try not to put the heating on but it does mean I tend to drink more tea!!
Archiebald
18th Dec 2014
2
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I drink about 10 cups of tea a day and it does tend to keep one warm!
jhoward
16th Dec 2014
2
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I notice that you've left out all those many silver surfers who live by themselves. So I feel slightly annoyed to answer your question.
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I guess the great thing about living by yourself jhoward is that you are in control of the thermostat and you don't have to argue with anyone over it 😉 Why not look at some of our other Speakers Corner debates and express your views there? We try and include something for everyone in our community 🙂
Baxi
16th Dec 2014
3
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I work from home so I sit for hours at my desk luckily our office is a new build so lovely and cosy because it's well insulated. The rest of our home is in a listed building so we are not allowed to do anything like add double glazing also it has very high ceilings so it does get a bit chilly! Even if we turn up the thermostat it doesn't make much difference, so I'm putting a Onesie and a one of those big slipper things on my Christmas list this year - I hate to be cold!
ShirleyAnne
16th Dec 2014
3
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No arguments! I just put on a fleece jacket or onesie! Message received and understood. Lol
Jo Kingham
15th Dec 2014
4
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No arguments in our house, I control the thermostat! Ours isn't fixed to the wall so we move it from room to room to make sure we are nice and cosy.
Baxi
16th Dec 2014
3
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Oooo I've not heard of a moveable thermostat - that sounds brilliant!
ronnieboy
15th Dec 2014
3
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it makes me feel cold !! ho,ho.
tripper123
15th Dec 2014
4
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I like to be comfortable it takes a long time to get house to temperature its cheaper to maintain heat than keep turning up and down
Wilf
14th Dec 2014
3
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Depends how the weather is but we usually just keep it on about 24 degrees which keeps us both happy.
Archiebald
14th Dec 2014
4
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As soon as winter comes I turn the thermostat down and the wife turns it up so its like a sauna! Stop global warming and turn the thermostat down I say!
Baxi
16th Dec 2014
2
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I'm on your wife's side Archiebald! I can't bear to be cold. She gets my vote!!

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