“What is a grown guy doing carrying a blanket around the house?” That is what all of our friends think and ask whenever I invite them to our house.
They haven’t taken off their sweaters yet to experience what I have had to deal with ever since I got married! My house is super cold, but it isn’t because of a draft concern or because our oil furnace doesn’t work well.
In fact, our particular oil furnace is top quality compared to most comparable heating systems on the market. The reason that our house is so cold is that my tough wife loves to set the temperature control at lower temperatures than I… She is from the north, which means that she can handle colder indoor temperatures than most men, including myself. If I had my own way, I would turn the central furnace on full-blast and completely throw away our portable air conditioners. However, I genuinely want to do whatever I can to make my wife happy, even if that means letting her control the thermostat at all times. I usually just bundle up and keep a blanket with me always. I would rather have our house too cold than too warm! In reality, you can only take off so much clothing to combat the heat; however, you can always dress warmer. My friends make fun of me up until the moment they all see the temperature control setting. At that point, they all ask for blankets too. It’s important to remember this lesson when you meet your future spouse—heating plus air conditioning settings may seem trivial right now, but really, your comfort depends on you agreeing with each other. Otherwise, you will always have to let her adjust the temperature control and then hand you a blanket to stay warm.