When the winter arrives, my husband and I suddenly become locked in a secret battle. The battle of the central heating. The funny thing is that it is a battle that we both know full well takes place but we have never actually spoken about it. I turn the temperature dial up a few notches and he turns it down. I turn it back up, he turns it back down. We have been playing this little game for nearly twenty years.
I’m pretty sure that it happens almost every day. I am a person who feels the cold. As soon as the temperature drops, I turn on the heating. I don’t have it on all the time, it comes on automatically in the morning to warm the house up and then I just pop it on for an hour when I feel really cold. There is nothing better on a cold day than feeling all snug and warm in the house. And as I work from home a lot of the time, there is even more temptation to give the heating a boost.
Now I am not an unreasonable woman (well not very often at least). I know that to have the heating over 20 degrees is not advised. I also know that by turning your heating down a couple of degrees can save quite a few pounds during the really cold weather. I used to always have the heating on at 20 degrees and I have relented and turned it down to 18.
For some unknown reason, my husband always turns it down to 15 degrees. 15 degrees!! That is madness. I would have to wear so many layers to keep warm, I would be waddling around like a penguin.
So I put the heating back up to 18 and enjoy my hour or so of warmth. Lo and behold the following day, it is back to 15. It is so annoying.
As I am not excessive about having the heating on, I do look for alternative ways to keep warm. Cardigans are my favourite items of clothing all year round, but the lovely thick long cardies are just perfect for this time of year. There are also products around the house that can help. My heated airer is constantly on in the kitchen all year round, but I kid you not, it is a godsend in the winter. Not only does it dry the clothes (and is also randomly good for proving bread dough) but it keeps the kitchen warm. It only gives out a small amount of heat but the kitchen is a much warmer and nice place as a result.
Heated towel rails are on my ‘want’ list too for the same reason, our main bathroom is always freezing cold and like the airer, a heated towel rail would keep the room warmer and the thought of those lovely warm towels as you get out of the shower seems heavenly. Trade Radiators have a great range to fit any bathroom.
Little things can make a big difference to the temperature in the house too. I used to scoff at these tips but they really do help. Putting foil or reflective material behind radiators is great as it reflects the heat back into the room. Old-fashioned ideas such as draft excluders in front of entrance doors keep the drafts out and heat in. If you use the oven and you don’t have small children, leave it open while it cools as that heat will help to warm up your kitchen. And if, like me, you work from home, try to keep moving regularly. You definitely feel the cold more when you are sat working for long periods of time.
Luckily today the temperature is a bit higher again, so I won’t be needing the heating on today but I have already checked and this morning it was down to 10 degrees. 10 degrees!! I know it saves money but come on, it isn’t exactly the middle of the summer, is it? Don’t worry it’s now on 25 just to wind him up when he comes home.
Do you have a battle over the central heating?