Families argue over the most innocuous of matters: Whose turn it is to wash the dishes, how long the kids are allowed on their iPad, or if it’s fair to watch football again.
And yet, the issue most likely to cause tension among households is the debate over how warm or cold to keep their homes. This fact emerged from Honeywell’s survey of more than 4,000 homeowners in Central and Eastern Europe.
Honeywell surveyed homeowners in December 2016 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Poland, to determine the importance they place on home heating, and how efficient they are in managing the temperature indoors.
In each country surveyed, respondents who lived as part of a household cited temperature as a frequent source of conflict among housemates or family members, and those in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland said that it was the most common cause of arguments – even ahead of housework, deciding what to watch on TV or fighting for control of the home computer.
Other findings included:
• 40% of Romanian homeowners say they keep their homes colder than preferred to ensure they don’t overspend each month, and 59% are unable to control the temperature separately in each room
• More than a quarter (26%) of homeowners in Romania and Poland admit to borrowing money from friends or family, taking out a bank loan or using credit to pay for their winter heating bills
• Nearly half (48%) of Hungarian homeowners admit they are taking no steps to manage the amount of energy used for home heating
• Approximately half of homeowners in Poland (53%) and the Czech Republic (49%) do not use a thermostat to efficiently maintain the temperature of their homes
Honeywell can trace its roots back to the invention of the Damper Flapper in 1886 – a device that laid the foundations for today’s residential thermostats. Of course, technology has moved immeasurably since, with Honeywell’s evohome system capable of simultaneously adjusting different temperature profiles in up to 12 separate zones around the home, integrating with users’ smart devices, and supporting If This Then That (IFTTT) capabilities. This means it can integrate with a variety of online apps such as personal calendars and weather forecasts, and adjust heating in real-time should, for example, it start to snow outside.
Through more efficient and accurate heating management a connected thermostat can reduce household fuel waste and offer homeowners fast return on investment; evohome has been proven to reduce home heating bills by up to 40%*, for example.
With approximately 50% of our product portfolio geared towards energy efficiency, Honeywell is a global leader in software-enabled home and building technologies for both residential and commercial buildings. In addition to thermostats, it is also one of the world’s leading manufacturers of connected smart energy meters, which provide households with a real-time, accurate picture of energy and water consumption.
It is good news for all that thanks to this level of innovation in home efficiency, more households around the world can lower their heating bills in winter, stay warm – and keep their cool – in the process.
* Source: Energy Saving Research Unit, Strathclyde University 2013 & TACMA 2013 - Energy savings quoted were calculated using a 3 bedroom, 2 level home, located in the UK, modelling a family of 4 over a typical week’s activity, comparing an evohome smart zoning system, with recommended settings, to a system comprising of a simple timer, single non-programmable room thermostat and no Thermostatic radiator valves. Individual Energy savings gained are dependent upon existing controls, environment and lifestyle.