Cold Shoulders and Heated Arguments: Why Men and Women Fight Over the Thermostat
January 13, 2017
Have you ever wondered why your husband adjusts the thermostat to make the home feel like a freezer?
Or have you wondered why your wife is constantly raising the temperature, bundled up in warm clothes, while you’re sweating in shorts and a T-shirt?
Well as it turns out, there are 5 biological factors why men tend to feel more heat than women.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at these biological factors, and how you can end the temperature war in your home.
Why men and women perceive temperature differently
Though there hasn’t been a conclusive study about why men and women perceive temperature differently, experts suggest it’s because of these biological factors:
- Body size: Men are generally bigger than women, which means they can feel warmer than women.
- Muscle mass: Men tend to have more muscle than women. Muscle provides roughly a third of total body heat.
- Slower metabolism: Women generally have slower metabolic rates compared to men, which makes them feel colder.
- Constricted blood vessels: Women have more constricted blood vessels, which means blood is closer to the surface of the skin. This makes women feel colder than men.
- Different core temperatures: Women have higher core temperatures than men (97.8° F vs. 97.4° F). This study also found that their hands were consistently colder than men’s (90° F compared to 87.2° F).
So that’s why men and women perceive temperature differently. But now let’s look at what you can do to solve the temperature problem in your home.
How to end the thermostat wars: Zone your home
Meet John and Jane. John spends most of his time in his “man cave” on one side of the home, while Jane loves to relax and spend time in the living room. John prefers his room to feel cold, and Jane prefers the living room to be warm.
Is there a way they can both maintain their temperature preferences without disturbing the other person?
With a zoned home, they can. A zoned home looks like this:
This is how zoning works: Multiple thermostats are installed near different zones in your home. These thermostats are wired to a control panel that operates dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. These motorized dampers cut off airflow to certain areas of the home, which adjusts the temperature of specific rooms.
So with a zoned home, John can keep his man cave at a cool 68° and Jane can relax in the living room at a cozy 77°.
How do you zone a home?
First, you’ll want to contact a cooling specialist to provide zoning recommendations for your home. And then they can install everything for you.
Ready to call a truce on the temperature war?
Don’t give your spouse the cold shoulder over the thermostat. Instead, contact Advanced Air today for a free zoning estimate.
We’ve helped Florida families end their thermostat wars for 20+ years.
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