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Women in the UK say they'd rather walk out than stand unbearably cold conditions in the home, according to a new report by Glow-worm.

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Women in the UK say they'd rather walk out than stand unbearably cold conditions in the home, according to a new report by Glow-worm.

New research* commissioned by Glow-worm, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of heating appliances, shows that the nation's household temperatures are leading to seriously heated arguments. Nationally, 15% of women say that they normally feel cold at home compared to just 3% of men, with an incredible 67% of people saying they've wanted to leave a house altogether because of the unbearable temperature.

Things are getting heated, with nearly 40% of people arguing about the temperature at home.

But despite so many people getting hot under the collar, an astonishing 68% of people said they would be more upset by the breakdown of their car, computer or fridge freezer than their boiler.

People seem to place boilers as a low priority in achieving household harmony, with over twice as many people spending several days to choose a new washing machine or dishwasher compared to the purchase of a new central heating boiler.

Launching the first industry online boiler calculator at , Glow-worm is aiming to reduce the country’s rate of temperature related disputes by providing advice on the most suitable boiler for the user's requirements and type of home.

Katie Cope, Brand Marketing Manager, Glow-worm: "People may not realise that many heat related arguments could be easily resolved with new generation boilers which are a breed apart from older models, with easy-to-use controls that make a huge difference to home comfort. Glow-worm’s Ultracom and Flexicom ranges enable homeowners to precisely control their heating on a daily basis.

"The use of advanced controls, either with built into the boiler or external controls that fix to the wall, provides a much more efficient way of working, helping the environment and our pockets by reducing energy expenditure and ultimately our heating bills. It also means that once you agree the temperature you like in your home, you can achieve it constantly and avoid the ‘too hot / too cold’ arguments."

With 1 in 3 of us saying relaxing at home gives us a warmer glow than any amount of shopping, sport or driving, perhaps it's time we realised just how important boilers are for creating a happy and content home.

Editorial information:
Lisa Ferneyhough or Sally Rushton
Dig For Fire
0114 2811200

*TPoll/Dig Research Omnibus Survey of 2,366 people across the UK.

Notes to editors:

  • Glow-worm Ultracom range of high efficiency condensing boilers includes a built in digital programmer to provide the best control of your heating system
  • Glow-worm Flexicom is the only high efficiency condensing boiler with a direct rear flue and cupboard fit, ideal for replacements of old standard efficiency boilers.
  • New, intelligent Glow-worm controls include Climastat, a room stat that controls room temperature and Climapro and Climapro RF, programmable room thermostats that have two channels, enabling you to set the heating and hot water to come on together or at totally different times of the day
  • A seven day programmable function allows you to set a different programme for every day of the week if you need this.


Glow-worm is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of heating appliances, focussing on reliable, efficient products that help to save water and protect the environment.

Glow-worm is part of Vaillant Group, the world leader in the manufacture of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology. The Group employs around 8,600 people worldwide, with annual sales of 2.7 million appliances and a turnover of €1.79 billion euros. Vaillant Group is also Europe’s number one, with a market share of 27 per cent.

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