Thermostat Settings

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

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Who gets to control the room temp in your house? Whatever the source - furnace, A/C, space heaters, windows... My husband and I are always picking at each other about it. He likes 68, but our house is leaky and the kids don't even tolerate that temp well so it's on 72 (70 by the walls, except the bathroom and my bedroom which are cold as ice). In our room, I now have control of the space heater temp, plus a heated mattress pad (separate controls for each side), because I was getting horrid leg cramps and couldn't breathe well from the cold. He prefers 50 in the bedroom! Not happening, man.

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Johnny - posted on 03/27/2011

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It's a constant battle at our house. I think when our daughter started to be able to voice that she was cold, finally started to realize that perhaps, he was being just a little cheap. Sadly, we have electric baseboard heat (we live in a co-operative) and live in a neighborhood that does not have natural gas hookups. So we're stuck with very expensive heat. We try to conserve, and we are finally in the process of replacing all the doors & windows and having the buildings re-insulated. It should help. But when it's -10 out, you kind of need heat.

As for the bedroom, he likes it cold too. But when I pointed out that I wasn't going to be getting naked and allowing the sheets to be "tossed about" when it was just 10 degrees inside, he suddenly changed his tune. My refrain is that a hot room makes me "hot".

As for air conditioning, we do not have a built in. That's very very uncommon here. We do have a portable and only use it on the hottest of days.

Jayce - posted on 03/27/2011

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I live in an apartment building. There are no thermostats in the apartments. The heat for the building is turned on in October and turned off end of April. Our apartment is above the laundry room so we're toasty warm durning the winter. I like to sleep in a cool room so the window is usually open a crack even on the coldest nights. In the summer we have one AC that goes in mine and my husband's room and a fan in our son's room. There's a large maple in front of our apartment that keeps our place shaded in the summer so that helps keep it cool inside when it's hot outside.

Amy - posted on 03/27/2011

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Energy efficient and saves tons. The wood is from my husband's grandfather's woods. He trades the wood for us to go take out the dead/downed stuff. Thanks to how we heat and....eh, don't really cool, the house..I get to stay home with the kids. Wouldn't trade it for anything!!

Amy - posted on 03/27/2011

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We have a wood stove. IT decides the temperature! LOL. Really, I'm home all day and I try to keep enough wood to keep house warm, but not sweat us out. But, I have a small bill in the winter and furnace barely runs. It's set on 65 to kick in if the wood stove lets the house get chilly or if fire goes out because we're gone ALL day or something.

In the summer....I open windows at night and close them before it gets hot. We have no AC, so....nature decides in the summer. :)

Desiree - posted on 03/27/2011

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Heather 25 Degree is early morning temperature that is normally the temp around 7 and the sun isn't even at full force, but it builds up from there until we have one almighty thunderstorm a build up can last a week by that time everyone is melting and praying for the rain. In winter on the other hand it is exceptionally dry, we don't get snow so there no buffer it's cooold!. But when it comes to the remote my husband and son takes turns. Damn its annoying to say the least. My son is already in training, think I better do something about it.

Kate CP - posted on 03/27/2011

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We were constantly picking at each other over the temp until one day we say the electricity bill and decided we needed to come to an agreement on the thermostat. In the winter we set it for 72. If I get cold I go put on a sweater and if he gets hot he's allowed to walk around without pants. ;)

In the summer we keep it between 75-77. Hubby has a bad habit of wearing sweat shirts year round and I would find him sneaking over to the thermostat to turn it down. I finally yelled at him for it one day and he said "But I'm sweating!" I looked at him like he was insane. No shit you're sweating-you're wearing a SWEAT SHIRT! We generally try to leave the temp alone and just adjust what we're wearing if we're uncomfortable.

Rosie - posted on 03/27/2011

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luckily we both agree on 72. i can't stand being cold! upstairs is freezing and 72 is the highest i can go without it getting to hot downstairs and wasting to much energy.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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Hmmm...note to self - do not move to South Africa. I am like a dead person at 40C. I just lie there waiting for it to get normal again. We have had a couple of 38-40 degree days since I moved to PG (our norm summer high is closer to 22!) and I do not enjoy them. My perfect outside temp is 25C (77F).

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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That is awesome! I bet she could be a traveling toilet trainer with those results, and make a fortune, if she wanted! So many parents have issues with toilet training... Heck, if she could train our Autistic 4 year old, I'd pay her well! :D

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I know eh she managed to potty train two of my SIL's boys in the timespan of a weekend as well, for the life of me don't know how she did it. She may be a pain in the butt but you can't argue with the results she's like the toddler whisperer she can train like no other. Lol I'd have her train my son but I'm too egotistical for that, determined to do it myself and all.

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Lol hubby thinks he controls the thermostat but I shiver and he's turning it up and getting me a blanket, I sigh and he turns it down and opens a window. Never have to say a word or touch the dial it's pretty cool. Lol seriously ladies train your sons it makes life a breeze for their future wife I thank my MIL because I have never had to 'train' my hunni he came to me already house broken lol. I personally don't agree with 'training' people but hey I'm not complaining that it was already done before we got together lol.



edited to add: and he doesn't even realise what he's doing, if you asked him he would say in a heartbeat oh yeah he controls the heat in the house, thinks he's in charge of the tv remote as well bless his heart.

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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There are tons of differences! I hate our temperature variances from season to season, but some really do have it worse (I loathe high temps).

Desiree - posted on 03/27/2011

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He would hate my home. It is controlled by the man upstairs. when its cold its cold and when its hot its really hot. We don't have temp control in our homes in South Africa it is uneconomical and only the wealthy have air conditioners and companies otherwise you open all the windows and doors(if you dare) and live with the heat. In Winter we bundle under piles of blankets and have a heater in one room until bed time then hot water bottles will do. Please remember that South Africa has an average Temp of 35 to 40 degrees celcius in Summer and our winter don't usually go under 5. To you in the North it very warm to us at 20 it is getting cold.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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Your husband would love my house. Our bedroom is at 50 most of the year. We have to use an extra heater in the winter so it doesn't go into the 40s. Bad reno by the previous owners. The rest of the house is at 66. I preferred 68, but got used to the 66 because my husband likes it and it's cheaper. Now 68 seems too hot.

Jenn - posted on 03/27/2011

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We haven't ever really fought about it - I guess we like it the same. In the winter time we turn it up to 68 in the morning and after supper, but down to about 62 in the middle of the day and at bedtime. In the summertime, if it's not super hot outside then we just have the windows open and you get what you get, but when it's super hot out then I'll turn on the AC and keep it about 72 or so.

Bonnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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I control it, since I am home way more than my husband is. During the day when I am home, it stays at around 68/69F. If I know I am going to be out for hours I put it to 66F. By around 11pm, I usually put it 65/66F for the night.

The people that lived in our house previously, had the thermostat set at 58F for overnight and during the day while they were at work. Before we realised they had it preset it was left the way they had it. Holy cow was it effin freezing. I don't even know how anyone could be comfortable like that. I know some people who turn off their heat completely at night! Geez.

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2011

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DH lets me control it. This winter I gave in a little and we actually had it up to 70 during the day :) At night its around 62. That may seem low, but our bedroom doors are closed at night so the heat stays trapped in the room, making the bedrooms hotter than anywhere else in the house. I prefer it cooler when sleeping anyway.

In the summer... well, we don't have a/c. Our electrical system needs updated badly (like really, its an old house and probably isn't even safe...) and won't even support window units. Which means it gets really freaking hot in the summer. All the windows stay open all the time and its still miserable!

Alyssa - posted on 03/27/2011

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It's ok...although I haven't been here in the full summer yet! Great community, everythings A/C, free pool...it's all good!
Oh and yes there's a few of those "special trucks" around LOL

Jodi - posted on 03/27/2011

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I just looked that up - I might be willing to visit in July when it is a very pleasant 27C....average temp of 40.9 in summer? Ouch. It would want to be a truckload or 10 of $$$$$ :D I don't know how you cope.

Jenni - posted on 03/27/2011

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I can live with it being cold in the bedroom. I'd rather that than be too hot! A little cold is rather comforting, being all snug under a warm comforter. But 50 is a bit much!

We keep it at 70 F in the winter. 75 F in the summer. It's a temp we can both agree on. It's also best for our electrical/gas usage.



Personally, I can't stand the cold. I'm always shaking like a chiuaua when nobody else is. My ideal outside temp is between 85 and 90.... I like it HOT! The only time I don't is when I'm sleeping. My hubby can brave any temperature but he doesn't fair as well in the heat as me. He sweats like mad. It has to be close to 90 F before I start to sweat.

Alyssa - posted on 03/27/2011

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We're in Pannawonica. There's no official weather station since it's a closed mining town and all the weather reports are for local areas surrounding which are coastal. Why are we here? for the $$$$.....why else LOL

Jodi - posted on 03/27/2011

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55C?/ Where the fuck does anyone live that it gets to 55C???? Even Coober Pedy doesn't get that hot, not usually anyway (it HAS, but only reaches 50C as a rule). Holy shit!!!

Alyssa - posted on 03/27/2011

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Where I live the temp reaches up to 55 degrees celsius (131) in summer. If the A/C is off the house literally sweats and cracks! We keep it at 24-25 degrees and luckily the thermo is high up on the wall so the kids don't touch it :) Needless to say it isn't much fun when the power goes out....

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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We don't have any of that stuff just aircon and we don't use the big one in the house just the one in our room. It's not cold enough to need a heater here so we don't use the one in our room in winter just get an extra blanket. During summer we have the aircon in our room on at night, my husband sets it to 20 degrees celcius and sleeps with hardly any covers and I sleep under the doona. It doesn't snow in Queensland.

Jenny - posted on 03/26/2011

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Our thermostat is generally set at 12-15C which is in the mid 50's F. In the summer it is completely off and we have a wall unit AC.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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I am so jealous. WHERE do you live? Really? It goes down to freaking -60 with windchill during the winter here for days on end up to 110's all freaking summer...can't win!

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God. ;)

Sorry, couldn't resist. lol

If it's too chilly, I shut the windows. If it's too hot, I turn on the fans. THAT is why on the rare occasions that our temp dips under 60.... I have every right to complain cuz we DON'T have heating..... Thankfully it doesn't usually dip below 70 unless it's night, so I can be in my jammies and under the covers.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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Awesome! We've discussed getting a lock cover for it, because the kids keep touching it (it's behind and above the couch, so they can easily reach it). I LIKE that.

Mabel - posted on 03/26/2011

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ME ME ME and only ME...I have the key to the box which ulocks the control settings for the unit.Every time my hubby came home from his job out of state the cost of our electric would go 2x higher and I would find it set on 72 and up.I warned him that I can't breath with it being to hot so I put a lock on it and he can't touch it now...=)

Jane - posted on 03/26/2011

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I prefer the house at 70 and my husband likes it at a minimum, 76 which is way to hot for this post menopausal woman. We constantly up or down the temp when the other isn't looking. We do both agree, however to sleep with the temp at about 64 and then use our heated mattress pad or down quilt if we need to. We rarely use the heated pad but he pulls up the down quilt often and always pulls it up over me too. It pisses me off and I get all nasty at night when he does that but he's used to it and ignores me. He's a very good man (lol).

Jodi - posted on 03/26/2011

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Mother nature controls the temp in our house, LOL....well, to a degree anyway. We don't have centra heating or cooling, so in the summer, we get what we get with the help of some fans to help circulate the air, and in the winter we have a gas column heater in one loccation in the house......but I couldn't live without my electric blanket :D

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I control ours...
I keep it about 75 F during the day, and about 65 F at night ( I like it cold at night so I can cuddle under my big blanket). I have a really hard time staying warm during the day in the winter time, I'm not sure why, I think our house is leaky. I don't mind being hot during the day, but I cannot stand being cold during the day, the night is opposite--I cannot stand to be hot at night!

We do have a fireplace that we use frequently if dh is home, but I run a purifier with the fire....It has an exhaust system built in, but I have a thing about smoke :P

Nikki - posted on 03/26/2011

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We had air con in our last house, we lived in a very hot climate, I would have it set on 18 degrees celsius when it was hot, which is about 56 I think, but it never felt that cold because the outside temp would get up to 37 celsius (99). We moved to the other side of the country, where it's cold and we have wood heating, so it's difficult to regulate it, but I like it as hot as I can get it.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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You're a lot more conservative than I am! We turn the thermostat down to 65 if we're leaving for a while...it takes so long to heat up again that we're all freezing while waiting, so not worth it unless it's a long trip. We want a fireplace! Looked at a house a couple weeks ago with geothermal heat plus central air/natural gas backup to buy, and that has a fireplace, too! We're hoping to buy it or build a similar one.

Krista - posted on 03/26/2011

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50! Cripes, you could just about store meat at that temperature!

We turn the temp up and down depending on the weather. Usually it's around 68 or so, but if it's cold and windy out, the house is a bit harder to heat, so I turn it up to 69 or 70. (Or we just say heck with it and put a fire on the wood stove.) And we usually turn it down to about 62 before going to bed, and down to 55 when we leave the house for the day.

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