Too hot for your own good

Why turning off the central heating in winter and adding another layer can be beneficial.

My wife and I are having what you might call a heated debate. I like a cold house and a very cold bedroom; she likes a warm house and an oven-hot bedroom. Even though it is December, I am still refusing to put on the central heating; she is refusing to open the window at night. Words have been exchanged. I wait until she's asleep and then let in the fresh air. She gets up and battens down the hatches.

Apparently I am selfish, but in fact I am doing her a favour. You only have to look around you at this time of year when the temperature doesn't drop much below five degrees but doesn't go much above 10 degrees either.

The result? Well, first, comes a national bout of sniffling, followed by sneezing and, then, a sudden rush on hot lemon drinks, throat lozenges and apologies for not turning up for work.
The reason for all of this is not the weather getting colder but people's houses getting artificially warmer. Which is why I won't turn on the central heating until Christmas Eve if I can get away with it.

I admit there have been times recently when we could almost see our own breath (and as I write this my fingers are stiffer than usual) but, overall, it's a warming experience.
Everyone else has runny eyes and crackling voices. Everyone else is coughing. Everyone else has dry, tickly throats. We may be cold but we haven't got a cold. Ask any doctor and he will tell you that the day the central heating goes on is the day their waiting rooms are awash with shivering patients.

Source - Telegraph

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