We all have different body temperatures, sometimes our central heating systems forget that.
During the winter months it’s easy to see how couples, families and friends can get rather tense over the room temperature of their home. Whether it be a stress out over the radiator or a duvet stealing war of attrition, there’s always a tension during the winter period when it comes to home heating. We’re all different blooded beasts, and often gender and ages comes into play during the winter months. Some people will need more cosy homes, and other people will need a cooler environment. Finding that happy medium can be difficult, especially when you’ve just installed a new designer radiator, but finding the right balance to appease everyone in your home is crucial for a merry christmas and a cosy new year.
What’s gender got to do with it?
According to surveys, men are more likely to complain about energy bills, whilst woman are more likely to want to turn the heating up. This makes sense, men are biologically inclined to retain heat better, whilst woman are more likely to seek out warmth and comfort than brave the cold. This comes down to the fact that female core temperatures are higher than men’s, whilst their metabolic rates are slower, meaning they burn fat into energy slower.
What’s age got to do with it?
Cold can be deadly in old age. Old people are more prone to illnesses like flu, which, when inflicted upon a more delicate heart and immune system, has the potential to kill. This means that it is extra important for the elderly to keep warm over the winter period. Whether you’re hosting older guests, you live with them, or you are one, make sure that you keep the home heated appropriately; winter can lead to over 40,000 excess deaths from cold a year in the UK.
Tips to avoid a winter meltdown
So, your home is filled with different genders and different ages over the winter period, and you’ve been left to sort out the heating solutions over the holiday period. This is no mean feat, and you might end up having to take some shortcuts to keep everyone happy.
Layering up is the perfect way to ensure that no heat is wasted. This is the perfect solution if the central heating has been put on, but some people in your property are still not satisfied. An extra jumper, or another pair of socks can defend your home from becoming a tense warzone between the cold and the warm.
Go for a dual fuel radiator
Dual fuel radiators bring you the best of both worlds. Whether it’s a vertical column radiator for your kitchen or a towel rail for your bathroom, dual fuel radiators give you the choice between central heating symbiosis or singular electric individuality. The electric option means that your radiator can heat up and work outside of the central heating system, meaning that you can heat up specific rooms for either you or a love done, without affecting the rest of the home.
Invest in an electric heater
Whilst they might hike up the electricity bills in larger quantities, an electric heater can offer short bursts of warmth for the central heating sceptic. If you want to warm up your bedroom without affecting the rest of the home, an electric heater can do wonders for your individual comfort.
Find a happy medium for your central heating systems temperature
Sometimes it is merely a case of compromising, If you are hosting a range of different needs, then find a temperature which reaches a happy medium for everybody. Most modern central heating systems are very precise in their heat settings, and finding the perfect sweet spot to suit your home is crucial for large gatherings.
Place your central heating on a timer
Central heating can be placed on a timer to ensure that you are only getting warmth at those crucial moments. There’s no point turning the heating on at the time of day when nobody is in. Once you’ve found your happy medium, use your thermostat to time when your radiators switch on and off.