Our survey says yes. With temperatures dropping below zero for the first time this November and darker, colder evenings well and truly upon us, our research has found that households across the country will be having some very heated discussions about the temperature of their homes this winter. Here our sales director John Moran, reveals the top line findings.
It seems there’s no harmony when it comes to house temperature.
Our heating survey revealed that 61% of you experienced conflict caused by other members of the house adjusting the thermostat – with almost 50% saying they argue about the heating with their partner.
For 26% of people the thermostat being turned up because one of you is too cold is a cause of most friction. Meanwhile, the house being too hot was a cause of conflict for 25% of respondents.
Surprisingly, concerns about energy consumption are low on your priority list. Wasting energy was only a cause of conflict in relation to turning up the thermostat for a mere 5% of respondents.
However, despite our apparent lack of concern with energy consumption, most of us do take steps to avoid putting the heating on unnecessarily.
Our research revealed that 73% of us take steps to avoid putting the heating on too early in the year, the most common being wearing an extra layer of clothing if we are cold.
It seems that age stereotypes don’t apply when it comes to heating either.
Many would assume that the younger generation are less hardy and as a result be more inclined to prefer a warmer house.
In fact, the under 50s surveyed like a cooler house temp with 35% of under 50s preferring the house to be 20 degrees and under and they are more likely to wear an extra layer as a way of keeping warm rather than reaching for the thermostat (50% of under 50s).
Unsurprisingly the over 50s are also likely to wear an extra layer to warm up before putting the heating on and cite using a portable heater, and an electric blanket as alternative ways of keeping warm.
So, when is it socially acceptable to turn on the heating? October it seems – with 53% of those surveyed admitting it was ok to crank up the heat this early.
A further 21% wait until November before turning the heating on, using other methods of keeping warm until then such as wood burners and fires.
Regardless of when you put your heating on, make sure you are getting the best from your boiler by showing it some love and ensuring you have it serviced annually.
If you do have an issue this winter and an error code appears be sure to check the manufacturers website for what the error code means before calling an installer. If it’s a Sime boiler you can find a full list of error codes here and we explain the most common error codes in these videos.