As the temperature drops, domestic bliss will take a hit, with more than 50% of those surveyed saying that rows about cranking the heat up too much will cause the most upset at home.
And the research carried out amongst 1020 homeowners also asked about the lengths people would go to in their homes in an attempt to survive the colder months.
Lying under a blanket on the sofa, sitting with a pet on your lap or stealing all of the covers from a partner once they are asleep are all popular ways of keeping warm this winter.
One in three of those women surveyed admitted that they were more likely to put their cold feet on a loved one in bed to feel warmer and some even said they’d cuddle up to someone they didn’t really like.
The survey, commissioned by Polypipe Home Solutions, found that men are also set to get closer to their partner to feel cosy – with many admitting they’ll be wearing their partner’s socks around the home in an effort to keep warm.
The survey found that women were most likely to complain about being cold, with 96% saying that the hot water running out would be a big cause of rows at home this winter.
Surprisingly, it seems our feet are at the root cause of our winter woe, with over 40% of people surveyed complaining about frosty toes.
Alarmingly, it seems that men would rather their feet were smelly than cold, with some admitting that they wear their favourite socks in the house up to ten times before washing them.
Cold feet are set to be a particular concern this winter, with over 30% of women planning to buy loved ones cosy socks for Christmas this year.
And despite not complaining as much about the cold, men see keeping warm as a priority, with 32% saying that jumpers are on their list of presents to buy those close to them this year.
Amongst the most popular winter woollens on Christmas lists were gloves, hot water bottles, scarfs, hats and hand warmers.
And it seems that stocking up on winter woollies should save a lot of cross words over the colder months ahead too.
Spokesman from Polypipe Home Solutions, Martin Dootson said: “As the temperature drops, it seems that homeowners will go to unusual levels to beat the cold. Not being warm enough can often be the main cause friction in an otherwise happy household, so it is no wonder winter woollies are often a popular Christmas gift.
“Another popular alternative to warming up in your home is to fit underfloor heating. Unlike radiators, modern systems can give out an even, ambient temperature helping to ensure you’re feet remain warm and your living space is that much more comfortable.
“The survey found that one in three of us aspire to have underfloor heating in our homes, and with so many chilly tales from the British public, it’s no huge surprise!”
Top 5 ways to keep warm this winter:
1 Wearing a partners socks
2 Wake up to find a partner has stolen all of the bed covers
3 Worn a scarf and hat inside the house
4 Put feet on a loved one in bed to warm up your toes
5 Cuddled up to someone you don’t like
Top 5 Reasons for arguments in the home this winter
1 Turning up the heating
2 Opening windows to let fresh air in
3 Turning heating down to save money
4 Someone using up all of the hot water
5 Insisting on a bath rather than a shower
Polypipe Home Solutions is a service offering of Polypipe Building Products, a trading division of Polypipe Limited. Polypipe Underfloor Heating, Heat Recovery Ventilation and Rainwater Harvesting have been designed to provide comfort, efficiency and sustainability to homeowners and renovators. All products use leading edge technologies and meet contemporary living aspirations.
Polypipe employs over 2000 employees across UK, Europe and the Middle East and operates over 17 manufacturing and operational sites. Polypipe has the widest product range available in the market sector and is leading the way in embracing new materials, new ways of working and developing new products to meet the needs of customers and consumers.
Notes to Editors:
The details listed in this press release are derived from the results of a survey of 1020 people conducted by Censuswide. The respondents were aged between 18 and 75 and have either purchased a house in the last three years or will be looking to buy in the next 24 months.
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