In general, what temperature do you keep your house living areas at during
I was at a friend's house which was set to 54 degrees F (12 C) which is
basically ambient inside temperature for the winter here in California.
He told me that he likes to keep it a bit cool, when I started wondering
what others keep their houses at.
Just by way of a quick survey, what temperature do you normally keep your
living areas at during the active times of the day when people are up and
60-65. It may be psychological. In the summer the nighttime temperatures
drop here and 50's in the morning if fine, but my mind knows it's going
to get warmer soon. When the forecast is for single digits for the next
week or more my mind knows it ain't gonna get warm anytime soon.
70 F. During the day when nobody is home I'll set it back to 68.
If it's windy outside, I might set it for 71 F overnight.
My two outside thermometers read 11 and 14 right now. During the past
couple of weeks it has got to -4 F.
If I'm home and it's sunny and not too windy and outdoor temp is 25 - 40
I'll set the indoor temp to 69.
Two story, 1975, brick exterior on first story, second story could use
more insulation on walls. Original Pella windows. Forced air natural
gas (original furnace, standing pilot, natural draft combustion exhaust,
single stage). Drum humidifier. Main floor humidity reading of
somewhere between 30 - 40%. Furnace fan runs 24/7.
In the summer my AC will struggle to get to 73F and 50% humidity when
its 85F and 65% humidity outside. There have been times when it's like
75-80 F and 75% humidity outside in the summer. When it's like that
outside, 73F feels cool, even cold (initially). Condensation has formed
on windows *on the outside* a few times. It would feel uncomfortable
(too warm) right now if it was 73F inside.
Down to -12C again tonight - Was up to 0C (32f) today - as high as 11C
the last few days - and highs in the -20C range for the last few
weeks. With winds hovering around 60kph today it felt a lot colder
than the thermometer indicated, with a bit of lake effect snow blowing
Duringthe day we keep it around 18C, then after dinner when sitting
around watching the news or TV programs we often bump it up to 22 -
then down to 17 or so overnight
About the same as mine, but I replaced the original aluminum frame
windows with LowE2 glass in Rehau vinyl framed windows about 20-25
years ago. Much tighter and better insulated. Replaced the furnace
with a 2 stage mid efficiency furnace about 20 years ago. The DC fan
saved a lot on the hydro bill.
My AC can keep the house uncomfortably cool in 30C weather, even
with 85% humidity but we generally don't keep it very cool.
Electricity is too expensive at peak time
When I lived in CT, daytime was 70 first thing in the morning but would
drop to 68 at 10 AM when you were active. At 10 PM it would drop to 64
Here in FL on cooler nights it will drop to 70 with no heat on. It will
go to 73 but if it warms more the AC will kick on to keep it at 73.
We've not been here in the summer so I don't know yet how the days will
be when 90 and humid outside. The AC will run until we are comfortable.
The last time I had a wood stove the bed was in an open loft. There's an
incredibly poor idea, picturesque though. The outhouse only had three
walls and a great view of the valley as you did your thing. At 5 below.
The woman I rented it from lived in town in the winter. That should have
made me suspicious.
The way our house is laid out the living room and dining room/kitchen
is basically one big room . The bedroom has a 3' doorway and a 16" x 24"
opening (had a window AC in it when that was an outside wall)in the
corner nearest the stove - the hole is right above the stove . A fan in
the hole sucks from the bedroom and blows the air across the stove then
throughout the rest of the house . Bedroom stays a little cooler than
the rest of the house which is fine . Ceiling fans keep the warm air
from stagnating at the ceiling .
On 2/9/2019 9:03 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Oh yes, it does. We had hydronic heat in the last house and it would
hold very well at whatever it was set at. The reading on the thermostat
thermometer never varied from the setting. Occasionally if we felt cool
I'd bump it one degree and life was good again.
New house has hot air with a heat pump. It does not hold as accurately
and I can feel the difference from start to finish on a cycle. I've
been making little adjustments to the vents for better balance.
Some people must like it rough. I have been creeping my indoor
temperature up from 70 F (21 C) to 75 F (24 C) over the past
few years. A lot of times even that feels cool. During the summer
I keep the temperature at 78 F (26 C) and run the ceiling fans.
They generally take 2 or 3 degrees off of the temperature.
Humidity also makes a big difference. In very cold weather the inside
air humidity can get very low. Our humidifier comes on when ever the
furnace is running. In summers here, it is the reverse. High humidity
makes hot air even less pleasant. Central AC takes out humidity but if
not in use, a dehumidifier helps.
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