Millions of Brits will be in a bad mood this winter – because they’re too cold
A study of 2,000 UK adults found chilly temperatures can make one in six feel more anxious than usual. A quarter find themselves getting angry when things get a bit nippy, with an equal number even feeling lethargic and demotivated. As a result, 16 percent admit to wearing a coat inside sometimes to cheer themselves up, and 18 percent never leave the house without a jumper – just in case.
The study, commissioned by Ideal Boilers, revealed how much we are affected by temperature, and how we rely on warmth to make the house a home.
It also emerged more than a third of Brits would describe themselves a physically cold person, with four in 10 saying they struggle to get warm when their body temperature drops.
A spokesman for Ideal Boilers said: “It’s clear that being too cold affects us above and beyond just how we feel physically – it can affect us emotionally, too.
“When it’s cold and dark outside and the days are short, staying warm and cosy at home is more important than ever – otherwise we run the risk of falling into a negative slump.
“But despite the fact that emotions can run wild when our physical temperature isn’t ‘just right’, our survey found that more than a third of Brits can’t remember the last time their boiler was checked.”
The study also found more than two-fifths of Brits struggle to get a good night’s sleep because of the temperature of their home, with more than a third saying it can affect their ability to relax.
A further one in three said their house being too hot or too cold can prevent them from comfortably curling up on the sofa to watch TV, with 16 percent even claiming it can ruin their enjoyment of mealtimes.
Nearly three in 10 went as far as to say an overly hot or cold home can affect their motivation to get on with household errands, and an equal percentage said their ‘energy levels’ take a hit.
But half of adults reckon women are most likely to feel cold and complain about it, with men more inclined to moan about being warm.
And as a result, 43 percent of couples will bicker over setting the thermostat in their home.
The research, conducted via OnePoll, also revealed that on average, Brits leave their heating on for more than a third of a typical day during the colder months of October to March.
But 42 percent are worried about keeping bills to a minimum by using the heating as little as possible, and 47 percent will opt for an extra layer before turning the heating on.
If guests are coming over though, we might make an exception – two-fifths will turn up the thermostat to ensure they feel warm and welcome.
The Ideal Boilers spokesman added: “For households at war over the heating, having a reliable, efficient boiler working away in the background will help keep bills under control, as well as making sure everyone is happy and comfortable.
“With the coldest weather still to come and forecasts of what could be the coldest winter in 50 years, it’s important to take care of your boiler.
“An annual service is a great way to spot any small problems before they become big ones, and to keep everything working as it should be.”
Ideal Boilers has created a quiz for Brits to find out whether their emotional temperature matches their physical one.
Simply complete the 10 simple questions, and the interactive quiz will reveal whether you’re hot stuff, cold-hearted or somewhere in the middle. Click here to take the quiz
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