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British Columbians battle over the temperature in the bedroom: B.C. Hydro

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February 12, 2021 - 5:30 AM

A recent B.C. Hydro survey has found that one third of B.C. couples surveyed are batting over bedroom temperatures.

The survey found thermostat temperature can be a contentious topic in many B.C. households. More than 80% of B.C. couples said they complain about the temperature in their home to their partner — with 40% complaining at least once a week and almost 15% complaining daily, according to a press release issued by B.C. Hydro.

Those who live in Northern B.C. are the most likely to complain about their home temperature at least once a day, perhaps because of the colder climate in that region, B.C. Hydro said.

About a third of couples complaints led to arguments and a quarter of the arguments are over the bedroom temperature.

Almost 30% of those surveyed said arguments have escalated to the point where they have slept in — or considered sleeping in — another room because it is too hot or cold in the bedroom.

And, while 26% admit they are the one who usually complains about the bedroom temperature, 37% say their partner is more likely to start the battle.

When the lights go out, 71% of British Columbian couples said they find it difficult to sleep because of bedroom temperature. Roughly three-quarters of B.C. residents are going to bed with a higher temperature than the B.C. Hydro's recommendation of 16 C in winter.

Those living in the Okanagan and Kootenays like their bedroom the coolest — 26% said they set the thermostat at or below 16 C each night.

Those who live in the Lower Mainland like it the hottest and are the most likely to fall asleep with the thermostat set to 23 C or higher.

Overall, the survey found 80% of couples said they prefer a cooler bedroom. 

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