Glasgow named among cities with coldest homes in UK

Research carried out by LoftZone revealed 69% of people are concerned about heating their home this winter.

Glasgow named among cities with coldest homes in UK due to poor heat retention iStock

Glasgow has been named among the cities with the coldest homes in the UK, new research has revealed.

People in Glasgow have been declared the second highest for cold homes as a result of poor heat retention.

The second place spot is shared with Birmingham at 34% while Brighton takes the top spot with 42%.

Buying small cooking appliances, only heating certain rooms of the house and using hot water bottles are among the other methods being used widely across the UK.

The survey was carried out by LoftZone, and asked residents to rate their home as having ‘low’ to ‘no’ heating.

The research also revealed that people in Edinburgh are the most likely to wear three layers of clothing when the heating is on, with both Glasgow and Edinburgh among the top five cities where residents complain about cold in the home.

The UK wide survey revealed that a majority (69%) of those asked were concerned about keeping their home warm this winter while 38% also said it was not worth putting the heating on.

Across the UK 44% say they have resorted to keeping their heating off to minimise their bills.

However, only 13% have invested in draft excluders, a solution believed to be one of the most cost effective ways of keeping homes warm.

Less than half (43%) also said they were aware of the benefits of compressing lost insulation to retain heat.

When asked about the daily problems with cold homes, 41% said they rush to get dressed in the morning, 33% said they opt to wear multiple layers when about the house and a further 33% said they struggle to leave the shower fearing the cold temperatures.

Over a quarter (26%) also said they have seen their own breath at home due to the cold.

Nine in ten (89%) admitted to complaining about the cold at home with this figure rising to 92% for those in Edinburgh and Leeds.

The research was conducted by Opinion Matters for LoftZone, among 2000 nationally representative UK adults between October 27 and 31.

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