02/11/2011 13:01 GMT | Updated 02/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Heating Is The Number One Cause Of Arguments In The Home

One of you is too cold in bed, the other is stressed about the soaring costs of the heating bills. It's perhaps not surprising then that the heating of the home is the number one catalyst for rows between couples in winter, according to new research.

The study, by thermostat heating experts Honeywell found that the temperature of the house sparks the most arguments during the winter, with four out of 10 couples admitting that the heating causes at least two tiffs a day.

More than half of the 2,000 people questioned admit that they struggle to sleep in the winter because they are too warm. One third argue over one person wanting to have the heating on overnight.

When couples aren't arguing about the heat of the bedroom, they are sniping about when to turn the heating on.

A quarter admitted that they couldn't bear to have the thermostat turned up when the temperatures outside aren't that cold, yet one in ten revealed that they start turning up the heat as early as August.

"It's amazing something as simple as heating the house could cause so many disputes between couples," says a spokesperson from the study.

"It is a case of finding that balance between getting an agreeable temperature, saving energy and being able to afford the heating bills at the end of a cold spell but fitting a thermostat can certainly help keep heating bills lower and help stop rows."

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