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Thermostat wars: Why some like it hot

Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM ET

She is freezing and quickly buttons up her cardigan and throws on a scarf. Or, maybe he is melting and must peel off his sweatshirt.

We’ve all been there, whether at home, in the car or at the office. Some like it warm, others want the thermostat turned down a degree - or 10.

On one of the coldest days in New York City this year, TODAY's Studio 1A heated up on Wednesday with talk of the never-ending temperature wars.

Newlyweds Andrew and Farra Kober dated for four years and have been married for four months, leading TODAY correspondent Jenna Wolfe to ask just how long they have been debating the perfect household temperature.

“Always,” Farra replied, as Andrew simultaneously answered: “Since the first time we were in the same room.”

While Andrew prefers to be cold, Farra says she likes it warm but always loses the dispute and needs to wear layers to bed.

“She wants like a sauna in the house, all the time," Andrew said. "I want to be frigid.”

Blame our biology: Often, women want the thermostat turned up in the winter and the man wants it cooler.

“Women tend to pool their blood in around their organs, so our fingertips sometimes can be three degrees cooler,” NBC’s chief medial editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said. “Men are hotter.”

Just like any other family, the TODAY anchors have their own temperature squabbles.

“It is very cold in the studio on a lot of mornings,” Savannah Guthrie said. “Sometimes I think it’s colder inside than it is outside.”

But Willie Geist, whose arrival to the TODAY show in November led to the installation of an overhead fan, likes it cold.

“I’m a hot blooded man,” he told Jenna. “I’m wearing a nice wool suit from time to time. I like it cold.”

But there are also many in the middle too.

“The three of us here like it moderate,” Matt Lauer said, seated between Natalie Morales and Guthrie. “I like it a little more toasty,” Morales added.

But then things got a little chilly in the studio.

“This proves once again that if Savannah whines enough, there will be a national news piece on the subject,” Geist said. “I like it a little chilly, I do, but I respect you so let’s find a common ground. Let’s work together.”

There can be an upside, though, to all of the fights over hot vs. cold. Andrew says when he’s feeling his perfect chill, it makes him want to snuggle up with his wife.

“To me, I think it kind of keeps the romance alive,” Andrew said. “If it’s hot, I want to be away. I need my space, but if it’s nice and cold, I want to be close.”

For everyone struggling with this week’s blast of cold air, there are five more months until summer, when the battle of the thermostat will begin anew.

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