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Northerners quicker to crank up the heating?

New survey suggests people in the north reach straight for the heating while those in the south put on an extra layer

New research into the regional differences about when people put the heating on has been published (see the news article here) and the results may surprise you. It reveals that people in northern England will put their heating on long before those in the south, with three quarters stating that they would put an extra jumper on before reaching for the thermostat. A third of people in Newcastle said that they would sooner turn the heating on than pop on an extra layer.

This could possibly be explained by the fact that it is slightly colder here in the north but in actual fact it’s only around a couple of degrees difference. While we like to think of ourselves as hardy folk up here in the north, this survey would perhaps suggest otherwise with more than a third of northerners admitting to putting the heating on as early as September, compared to just a fifth of people in London. 10% in the south even wait until December before finally switching it on.

Perhaps we’re just a bit more forward thinking as there is a practical advantage to getting your heating on early. At, we’re always busiest in the autumn/early winter as people turn their heating on for the first time in months and discover they have a problem. If you do that in September/October time it means that you can get any problems resolved early, before it gets really cold. This a good idea even if it’s just to test the system for a day or two.

So, we want to know – do northerners feel the cold more? When do you put your heating on? Do you get it on as soon as the weather turns chilly or do you brave it out until it’s unbearable? Let us know over on our Facebook page, including whereabouts you are.

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