In my house, the thing me and the boyfriend argue about most is the damn heating and temperature of the room.
I like to be toasty warm, wrapped up in blankets, cuddling up next to the radiator wearing my favourite pyjamas, while he likes to live in his very own Antarctica with the windows wide open letting the freezing cold air blast in – basically making me suffer!
Why he likes to live like this I will never know, but new research has revealed the ideal home temperature is an issue one third of couples argue about – nice to see I’m not alone!
Not only do couples argue about it, the study also found four in ten women secretly turn up the heating behind their partner’s back.
A true genius and perhaps sneaky move – sounds like I could learn a trick or two?
The average household sets their heating to 20 degrees which is a whole 4.5 degrees cooler than the optimum temperature suggested for a woman sitting in tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt.
It was also revealed, while at work, women are also too cold – mainly due to air conditioning systems and the way in which they’re set up – not to mention those who love to open the window in the middle of Autumn – you know who you are!
Typically, air conditioning is designed around the comfort of an 11 stone, 40-year-old man with an average metabolism which is 20 to 30 per cent higher than women – why this is the case, I’d love to know.
Of course there’s a bit of a catch – the research was sponsored by Corgi Homeplan, a company who install and maintain boilers and thermostats, but hey, research is research is it not?
However, there’s strong scientific evidence which suggests women are more sensitive to the cold.
A study published in health journal The Lancet, found the average temperature of women’s hands exposed to cold was three degrees lower than those observed in men.
So if someone has ever complained about your cold hands, just throw science right back at them – or the fact you have a warm heart to compensate as I always like to point out!
Apparently the female hormone, oestrogen, slightly thickens women’s blood, meaning the flow to capillaries is slightly reduced.
Since capillaries supply areas of the body such as the tips of fingers and toes, it means for women, these parts tend to shut off more readily when it’s cold meaning you’ll normally find us wearing multiple socks and gloves in winter.
When women are ovulating, oestrogen levels are even higher and so at these times they’ll feel especially cold.
The body’s metabolism also plays a key role as women have a lower rate than men meaning heat energy is produced more slowly.
Higher muscle masses translate to higher resting metabolisms and since this is more common in men, they have higher blood flow and their bodies are warmer.
So next time the temperature of the room comes up as an issue, science has your back – or simply put this article in front of your partners nose and revel in your tightly wrapped blanket.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.