Originally Posted by the_lissa
I don't think that is necessarily true. I would try dressing my kids warmly in the house and they would overheat. My kids definitely know when they are hot or cold.
What can being cold (in the house- not hypothermia) do to your health?
Like your kids, my eldest definately knows when he is hot/cold. Last night he told me he didn't want a hot water bottle to take to bed, "because being hot makes me feel sick." If he feels cold, he will ask for an extra blanket etc. My youngest is not old enough to speak yet but he insists on taking off his sweater in the house, even when I am walking about in my coat.
I am not sure about the risks of having a cold house healthwise (apart from feeling chilled which isn't nice) but there are benefits. I am certain that when the heat is on more often (i.e. when we are better off) everyone's skin is drier and more irritable.
However, this said, if we could afford it this winter, I would be heating the house more adequately. Unfortunately, this year, we just can't afford it and that's that. It won't kill us!