Gender Wars: Some Like It Hot – Others Not So Much (giveaway ends 2/9/13)


Do you and your significant other see “eye to eye” when it comes to matters of hot and cold? My husband and I are always at war when it comes to turning up/down the heat or on/off the air conditioner.

I am not a fan of heat. I never have been. I rarely turn the heat on in our home. We live on the top floor condo. Heat rises. So if our neighbors put on their heat eventually our place heats up. We also get direct sunlight for several hours during the day which helps to bring in heat too. In fact many times during the Winter months I have to open up a window just to cool our place down.

During the summer months I am much happier when the AC is on, especially at night when I’m trying to sleep. My husband on the other hand prefers to snuggle up under a comforter – even in the smouldering hot summer months. No way! I don’t want anything touching my skin when it’s hot out, especially a heavy blanket.

My husband is constantly putting the heat on in our home. Take today for example, with the wind chill it feels like -4 degrees outside. Inside is fine, but my husband was cold before he left for work and turned the heat up. Now it’s too warm in here and I have to keep the windows cracked open (with -4 degree temperatures!) just to cool our place down a bit. I think it’s silly to heat up our whole place if we’re all in one room. That is why a space heater is not such a bad idea. It allows you to take the chill off of one room rather then wasted energy warming our entire home.

We have an electric fireplace in the living room that generates heat. In a way that is like a space heater. I think if we didn’t have that we’d probably have one of the more traditional kinds of space heaters – except the ones with the coils that heat up and turn bright orange. With two kids, five cats and a dog that would be dangerous to have in our home. Thankfully more modern space heaters are much safer.

Honeywell, a company that makes air cleaners, humidifiers and thermostat controls, also makes space heaters. They created this interesting “Infographic” that shows how men and women differ when it comes to matters such as heating your home.

Gender Wars_Honeywell Heater Infographic 2

The infographic is a bit hard to read so I cropped it a bit to make it easier to read the contents.

Gender Wars_Honeywell Heater Infographic 3

My responses would be different then the ones in the infographic, but it’s still interesting to know how the majority of people feel. For example, I tend to keep our home cold, just because I function better then I do if it’s hot. Plus when I’m cold I grab a pair of socks and/or slippers first and foremost, then I would move on to layering clothing.

Do you and your significant other battle over the thermostat? Can you relate to this infographic?

If you are in the market for a space heater, Honeywell has one worth checking out. It’s the Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater.

The new 360 Surround Heater is a versatile, energy efficient ceramic heater. 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, the EnergySmart® 360 Surround can save consumers money without sacrificing comfort.

The heater features;

  • Digital LED’s which accurately indicate room temperature and desired temperature.
  • Energy Usage Indicator displays how much energy is being used during operation.
  • Programmable thermostat.
  • Safety Features including the new Safety Tip 360 tip over protection.
  • Overheat Protection.
  • Cool Touch carrying handle.
  • Ceramic Technology for quiet, even heating.
  • 180 Degree feature for directional heating.
  • 1-8 Hour Timer.
  • 3 Year Warranty.

The Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Heater retails for $59.99 and is available at Amazon.com and other online retailers.

Wow. Heaters have come a long way since the ones my grandparents and parents owned.

If you would like to learn more about this and other Honeywell products please visit www.Honeywell.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Surround Heater

Honeywell would like to give a lucky reader one of their Honeywell EnergySmart 360 Heaters. Thank you Honeywell!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 9, 2013 at 11:59 pM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about the “Battle over the Thermostat” in your home. Do you like it hot and your significant other likes it cold? Or vice versa? If someone is a bit chilly do you crank up the heat or make that person throw on some heavy clothes? Tell me how your family deals with the hot/cold situation.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the benefit and enjoyment of site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. Honeywell will provide the prize.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. D SCHMIDT says:

    The battle is due to my Husband being obsessed with keeping the house in the 80’s!

  2. I am of an age where I am the one who is usually hot.

  3. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I like it at 68 degrees and everyone else in my house likes it hotter.

  4. hubby likes it colder and I’m always freezing – we want to get a small heater like this one

  5. I’m always getting hot and cold hot and cold. I hate it.

  6. At home we are surprisingly on the same page! At work is a different story – five people, three are always hot and two are always cold! We all have space heaters in our offices.

  7. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I am the hot natured one and my fiance always seems to be cold. So we try to leave the thermostat down and he just dresses to keep warm.

  8. gerri dumas domicolo says:

    I am just like you,my husband like yours…….drives me crazy when it’s so warm.I can’t get anything done,because it makes me sleepy 🙁

  9. debbie jackson says:

    hubby adjusts it not me debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  10. Ann Fantom says:

    I’m always cold, so I turn the thermostat up. My husband turns it down….

  11. soha molina says:

    I like it cold, he likes it hot.

  12. Wayne Dougherty says:

    We live in California, so it is usually fair weather. We have a wood stove upstairs that does keep the house really warm. My sons room is downstairs and sometimes in the winter, a heater is a good thing to have. And that is exactly where this will go if I win. Thanks

  13. I’m the one that needs it warmer in the winter months
    Thanks for the chance!

  14. We are cheap, so we keep tight control on the thermostat. I tend to be hot though.

    ezmerelda at mail dot com

  15. Christie Kammerer says:

    I always have to have a lap heater blanket, because I am always cold. The rest of my family is always ok. Even at work for christmas someone bought me a mini heater for my desk since I am always cold.

  16. i’m chilly but cheap so I just layer

  17. I hate it when it’s too hot but I don’t mind when it’s a little too cold.

  18. My fiance likes it cold so I have to “dress” for bed by layering up.

  19. Christine Beasley says:

    We have a narrow range that we allow the thermostat to be adjusted and tend to use afghans or blankets for a little extra warmth when only one of us needs it.

  20. My wife would like it 76 to 80 I would have it at 68, I’m still here so I guess she wins.

    • I’m just trying to keep a steady 65-68 in my house,past the “flash” phase,but son is too cold,as are the dogs