Some Like It Hot, Some Not: The Gender Wars in Keeping Your Home Warm (Giveaway)

by Jill Berry

I grew up in chilly, frigid England. The house I grew up in allegedly had central heating but my breath froze when I was IN the house. In fact, my grandma would stuff my school uniform in to my bed each morning, so that I wouldn’t have to dress in the chill of my bedroom.

My feet were warm only when I placed them on the radiator attached to the wall of my bedroom. I shivered even under layers of sweaters and thick socks. At times it was warmer inside than out. Was I ever warm during my childhood?

My American husband’s childhood was far less severe than mine. You see he grew up in a toasty warm home heated by a wood fire. When I met him he would wear a short-sleeved t-shirt IN winter as his home was so hot! He wore sweaters when leaving the house, but not while inside the house.

When it comes to heating and staying warm, my husband and I are NOT cut from the same cloth. He is all about the heat, while I would rather add on layers to stay warm. We argue about the setting off the thermostat…all the time. He hates when I adjust the thermostat. Don’t even get me started on what he wants to set the AC on!


According to Honeywell, my husband and I are not alone in our arguments on heating. A new infographic from Honeywell addresses how men and women deal with the heat. The infographic entitled: Gender Wars: Some Like It Hot, Others Not So Much states that the following interesting facts:

  • 64% of men think women keep the house warmer
  • 26% of men and women argue with their partner over the temperature in their home
  • 54% of men and women are willing to turn down their thermostat 1 to 5 degrees when using a portable heater

Did you know that Honeywell’s EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater is designed with both 360 degree surround heat AND 180 degree directional technology? Consumers who use the Honeywell EnergySmart heater will see that the directional technology will heat a room no matter where you sit. Sounds very cozy to me!

I’m no fan of being cold, that is for sure. Like those surveyed by Honeywell, the top 3 responses when a partner turns down the thermostat are that:

  1. 76% will grab a blanket
  2. 64% will put on a sweater
  3. 59% will layer clothing

And did you know that over 50% of people are willing to turn down the thermostat 1 to 5 degrees when using a portable heater? I have a space heater in my very cold basement, but had not thought of putting on the ground floor and upstairs. According to Honeywell’s survey, women and men equally purchase space heaters for their home.


With the Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater, you can stay warm through the space heater’s versatile and energy efficiency. The Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater is equipped with an energy savings thermostat that gives you just the right amount of heat by regulating the wattage consumption based on your desired temperature.

This surround heater saves consumers money without sacrificing comfort. Designed with both 360° surround heat and 180° directional technology, you can “get heated” no matter where you sit in the room; a terrific choice for those looking to stay warm and cozy during the year’s coldest months.

The Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater is available from amazon.com for $59.99. The surround heater comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Enter to win

One lucky reader of 5 Minutes for Mom will receive a Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater (retail value: $59.99). Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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I was compensated to write this review.  The views expressed in this review are my own.



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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writes…it depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she can…dinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, traveling…you name it she wants to do it.

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1 Crissa Robertson January 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I turn it right back up :)
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2 CherylS22 January 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I grab a sweatshirt & blanket.
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3 Rebecca January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I turn it back up!

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4 Jingle January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I grab a blanket and get cozy! :)
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5 Jill Robson January 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Jill, I also grew up in England WITHOUT central heating. Our only source of heating was a fire place in the living room. I did exactly the same thing with my school uniform, and was just relating that story to my son the other day.HUH. I too prefer to bundle up rather than turn up the heat, and luckily so does my husband who grew up in a house with forced air heating.
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6 Liz January 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Gathered the dogs around me, under blankets and close to the woodstove.

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7 Jenny January 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I have lots of blankets all over the house and I pretty much always wear a hoodie :)

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8 Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt January 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Actually, he’s the one turning it up and I”m turning it down! he puts on a thick sweatshirt, socks and shoes.

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9 Beth - TheAngelForever
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I am usually the one that turns it down. If I am cold, I would rather grab a warm blanket.
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10 Brooke Adametz January 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Make it known that I’m still cold by putting on a ridiculous amount of clothing haha!

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11 Wehaf January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I add some layers or exercise.

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12 Ivy T January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I grab a sweater and some slippers.

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13 Shirley January 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Put on a sweater

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14 DEBIJOT January 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Wait until he leaves the room and turn it down.

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15 Jessica W. January 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I grab a blanket and then shove my feet under his butt. Since he’s so hot and generates so much body heat, he needs to share some when he tries to freeze me out. Lol.

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16 Angela E. January 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Put my ice cold feet in their back.

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17 Colleen Boudreau January 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Turn it back up.

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18 Chelsea January 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I turn it back up :)

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19 Ally January 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

It doesn’t happen! He’s the one who’s always turning it up while I’m sweating in the middle of winter trying to turn it down without him knowing it!

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20 lana January 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

grab a thick blanket

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21 Natalie Shmigelsky January 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Bundle up warmer! :) Or snuggle in really close to him :)

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22 Barbie January 29, 2013 at 12:17 am

I complain that it’s too cold, and then reach for a blanket or two!
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23 Daiva January 29, 2013 at 4:55 am

Actually, I try to keep the heat down and turn it down at night. I always put a sweater or a fleece on to keep me warmer. Sometimes my husband turns the heat up and then I turn it down :)

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24 Crissy D. January 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

Some times I turn it back up, but sometimes I use it as an opportunity to get a blanket and snuggle

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25 Nicole Robinson January 29, 2013 at 5:58 am

I have a red blanket that I carry around the house like a child’s blankie.
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26 Melissa P. January 29, 2013 at 6:08 am

I don’t have this problem. However, I do remember growing up with my dad who would always keep the heat low. I hate the cold. LOL. I would love to win this product even though because it would help this single mom save on her heating bill and keep us warm at the same time. : )

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27 Hanna January 29, 2013 at 6:30 am

I turn it back up! I can’t help it- I really like to be toasty warm at all times!

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28 latanya January 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

I turn it back up

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29 Janet January 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

I try to layer up but ultimately turn it back up!

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30 Debbie Bashford January 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

I put on another layer, grab the blanket and cuddle up with my dogs

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31 Charlene S January 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

I put on socks and get a blanket.

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32 Garrett January 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

Grab an extra blanket for more warmth.

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33 Suzie Williams January 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

I put on extra layers and snuggle up next to him.

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34 kathy stevenson January 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

I add lots of blankets to the bed!

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35 LaVonne
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I am breastfeeding so stay quite warm – it is me who turns the heat down. My husband turns his electric blanket on and I get too hot!
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36 anne January 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

We both like it set high and love the warmth.

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37 mrsshukra January 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Go to the living room!

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38 Sandra K321 January 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Depends on what I’m doing. If I’m sitting down I use one of the blankets we leave on the back of the couch. If I’m doing something I throw on a fleece sweatshirt.

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39 lisa lo January 30, 2013 at 12:28 am

Put on a warm robe.

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40 Krystal January 30, 2013 at 2:32 am

I grab a blanket and sometimes a sweater too!
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41 Terra Heck January 30, 2013 at 5:11 am

I try to stay warm with blankets and slippers. If that doesn’t work, I sneak over and turn the temp back up. Thanks.
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42 Ellie W January 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

Mine never touches the thermostat. That is solely my domain!

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43 June January 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

I layer my clothes up during the winter months.

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44 HappyMomC January 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Turn it back up!

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45 nannypanpan January 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm

turn it back up

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46 Susan P. January 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I put on a jacket, hoodie or sweater and turn it up a degree.

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47 brooke t January 31, 2013 at 6:20 am

carry around blankets

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48 Liz January 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

We keep our house cool, so I just add a sweater!

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49 Natalia January 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I suffer… and put some warm sweater on…

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50 Staci A January 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I grab a sweatshirt and socks.

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51 Areta January 31, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Start layering up!

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52 Vicky S February 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

I get under my fleece blankets with my son and cuddle on the couch

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53 Don February 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

Grab more clothes to wear.

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54 Jessica T February 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Turn on the fireplace!

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55 Mary W February 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I put on my Snugli and slippers and sip a hot beverage.

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56 Tabathia B February 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I usually turn it back up if I am cold and put on my bedroom slippers

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57 Natalie Finch February 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I turn it back up and remind him we have young kids!!

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58 Andrew P February 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Turn it back up or put on more clothes

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59 zahra p February 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I put on a robe!

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60 Deb K February 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Holler and turn it back up! :-)

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61 Virginia Rowell February 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I turn around and turn it back up!

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62 beth February 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

He doesn’t. I’m always hot and he’s always cold!

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63 Jennifer B February 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

nothing because I am usually the one turning it down

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64 Selene M. February 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

Put on more clothes.

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65 Chuck February 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

We have our’s set at a steady 68 degrees.

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66 Angie February 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I sneak over when he is not looking and turn it back up!!

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67 Tara A. February 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I cheer because I am usually the hot one!
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68 Brittney Reader February 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

Complain its too cold until he turns it back up :)

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69 Heather Hayes Panjon February 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

I Turn It Right Back Up !

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70 Lori D. February 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

He turns it up, and I turn it down.

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71 Idaho Jill February 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

It depends on my mood, and just how cold I am…I’ll either go turn it up or put on a sweatshirt.
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72 tina February 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I GRAB A BLNKET AND THE DOG.

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73 ANGEL JACKLYN February 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I’M PRETTY PUSHY ABOUT THE HEAT. I’LL WAIT TILL HE LEAVES THE ROOM, THEN SNEAK IN & TURN IT RIGHT BACK UP! =)

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74 Brittany February 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I grab a sweatshirt and a blanket.

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75 Cindy B February 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

I go into my studio that has it’s own heated tile floors…toasty!

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76 Missy February 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I’m the one who turns it down!

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77 Jeannie February 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I bring out the electric blanket.

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78 Erin R. February 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I usually turn it back up when he’s not looking

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79 Van February 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

I turn it down during day time hours, and then up a little during the night time.

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80 Laurie B February 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I jam my feet under him to keep some warmth. I suppose he may have learned a lesson from my toe nail scratches on his legs from me cramming me feet to warm up. Now he just leaves the heat alone or gives me all the blankets :P

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81 Brandy Wilmoth February 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I usually grab a blanket and my slippers LOL

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82 MaryBeth I February 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Put on an underlayer, a sweater and grab my blanket
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83 Cori Westphal February 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Turn on the fireplace! That way it gets super warm and the thermostat stays low and somehow he’s happy with that! lol

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84 Michelle Tucker February 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I put extra layers on usually. Then I complain, and put the thermostat back up:)

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