CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Saving money versus being comfortable is what the thermostat debate comes down to -- but a comfortable temperature is usually much higher for women than men.
In Northeast Ohio most people have natural gas or electric forced air systems to keep warm in the winter.
First Energy and Dominion have a suggestion when it comes to picking the perfect temperature for your home.
"We suggest to set the heating thermostat as low as comfort permits," Mark Durbin with FirstEnergy said. "For instance, each degree above 68 degrees can add 3 percent to the amount of energy needed."
"By setting the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and to 58 degrees at night, homeowners can save from 10 to 15 percent on their annual heating costs," Neil Durbin said who is the spokesman for Dominion.
The biggest debate may be between what men and women want their thermostat set at.
Whether it's in the home or in the office most of the time women want it warmer than men do.
Can energy companies explain why?
"All we can say is that the issue of room temperature setting is a matter of personal preference. That's our story and we are sticking to it," Durbin with Dominion said.
"This subject has been debated for centuries and I don't think we will be able to solve it today," said Durbin with First Energy.
Dr. Roy Buchinsky, who is the chief wellness officer for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, said the reason why women are colder than men is physiological.
"Women have slower metabolic rates than men. The metabolism is the rate at which you burn food to feel the body, and produces heat as a byproduct. Therefore women's bodies are colder than men because the metabolism is slower in the female gender," Buchinsky said. "Women have colder extremities than men. If your extremities (hands and feet) are feeling frigid, it's likely that the rest of you feels cool and cold."
He said woman have higher core body temperatures than men.
"When your body is used to being warm, colder air feels even cooler to the body," he said.