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How high should I set my thermostat?

post #1 of 34
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We are heating a home for the first time! I went out and bought a programmable thermostat to control the temps in the house. I have found that we aren't comfortable unless the thermostat reads 70 or 71 degrees. I've been setting it for 66 degrees at night. I could set it higher since we sleep on the cooler, lower level. I have it going down to 60 during the day since we aren't home.

Does this sound reasonable? We can't afford outrageous heating bills but still don't want to have to wear several layers in our own home.

I don't know if this is any indicator but our bill for October during which we heated at night for about half the month was $30.
post #2 of 34
I've always seen things that say 68 in the winter for heating and 78 in the summer for cooling. But it probably varies some by house, the heating system, heat leakage, etc... The utility thing we got also said turn the thermostat off/way down if you'll be gone for 4 hours or more. hth...
post #3 of 34
deffinitely take advantage of the programing to trun it down during the day, especially if you are out at all. open all the shades and if its sunny it should warm up nicely. Also, we cover all our windows with plastic which is a real downer, but saves a lot of power and we look forward all year to the ceremonious spring day when we rip it all off and open up the windows!
post #4 of 34
It depends on your house. Ours is pretty drafty but its too expensive to keep it at a higher temp so we just dress warmer and keep it around 64.
post #5 of 34
We keep our thermostat at 63 or 64 during the day (if we're home) and 58 at night (and when we're gone) during winter. We always wear slippers and sweaters around the house. I usually wear long underware and wool socks too. We don't use an air conditioner, but we live in Michigan where it doesn't get that hot, plus we have great shade trees.

I would turn it down lower at night and get flannel sheets for the beds. They will probably pay for themselves in a few months.
post #6 of 34
We keep it at 59.
post #7 of 34
Ours is up at 66 during the day when we are home, and 58 at night. BUT our thermostat is in a place in the house that stays cooler than it actually is, so we go by a thermometer in the living areas to see what it really is. Usually the house is closer to 68 during the day. You might check yours that way - find where you are comfy and then check the temps in each room.
post #8 of 34
Pre-child days, we set it at 55. Now that we have a child we set it at 60. We wear a long sleeve T-shirt, then a sweatshirt. Sometimes add a pull-over. We are on a budget plan for oil. We budget 1000 gallons a year, and usually get a refund of ~$300 at the end of the season. We do not use air conditioning, even when it is over 90 degree's.
post #9 of 34
I set mine at 65 during the day, and 55 at night. We sleep bundled up, and DH and I both sleep better if it's cold-- we actually often turn off the heat completely and open the window at night. I'm lucky in that my house is naturally warm; it's a row house in the middle of the row, so there isn't a lot of drafts. Most days by 10 am it's easily 72 in here, with no need for heat at all, even on the coldest days.
post #10 of 34
I freeze my family out. We keep ours at 20 degrees C... about 68 F. I read an article a while back that said that if you have an older home with cool/warm spots, this temp. is the best. That way the cool spots don't seem so cool and the warm spots don't seem so warm as you move from room to room.

I'd keep it at 18C, 64F if my family wouldn't complain.
post #11 of 34
68, dropping down to 65 at night. We don't mind the layers, tho. I find that keeping it at that temp inside better acclimates me to the outside temps in the 30s anyway.
post #12 of 34
Around here landlords have to keep temperatures at/above 68 degrees in winter.

MIL keeps it right at 60 degrees, and tells us to put on a hat.

Most people that I know who have their own houses keep the thermostat somewhere in the middle, around 64-65 degrees.
post #13 of 34
Our house is cold, all the time. The builder put the thermostat in a really BAD place...the sunlight from a south facing window hits it for a large part of the day...yesterday the thermostat registered 79, when it was about 65 or 66 in the house! We have poor quality windows(and a lot of them)and wood floors, with forced air heating, too boot. We wear long johns, long sleeve shirts, and wool sweaters, and hope for the best. The up side is that it's not ME that's keeping it so cold in the house, so the family really can't blame me...

The down side? I am so SICK of being cold. Even my nose is cold most of the time, and it's miserable! Of course, this is coming from somebody who would otherwise keep her thermostat at seventy or seventy-one, and chalk the extra expense up to comfort for six months out of the year...and from somebody who has ALWAYS worn long-johns from October to May...so take the "I'm so sick of being cold" line with a grain of salt.
post #14 of 34
We keep ours near 70, if not I wake up cold (even wearing flannel PJ's and an extra blankie) and we would just put a small heater in our bedroom but there's my sister in the other room to consider too.
During the day it doesn't come on at all because normal things like cooking, drying clothes, and being warmer outside keep the house much warmer.

I tried closing the vents in the living room and just blowing heated air to the bedrooms but that backfired because then the thermostat never warmed up so it would blow a lot!
post #15 of 34
I will no longer complain of the heat at 72.

I think we are going to go buy a programable thermostat tonight. We haven't been turing it down during the day and we are gone almost everyday all day with school/work.

Do any of you have kids that prefer naked as opposed to clothed? We have a hard time turning down the heat at night cause both boys will only sleep in underwear.
post #16 of 34
Thread Starter 
So I seem to be the minority in how warm I keep my house. I should have mentioned that we have natural gas/hot water heat (new furnace!) which is very effective and efficient to run. We are in PA were its just started to dip down to freezing at night. The temps in the house definitely vary from room to room. Our bedroom is quite cold and its adjascent to our dds' room which is cozy since the radiators in our room weren't installed well. Also, the main bathroom rads don't seem to work at all : .

Thanks for all the input!!! I think that what I'm going to do is keep a log of outdoor temps and see how much our gas usage is day by day (I call the supplier and they can give me a daily reading!). Then I'll be able to guesstimate what our bill will be and adjust our thermostat accordingly.
post #17 of 34
You may need to bleed the bathroom radiators. Assuming they aren't shut off. Not that I've ever complained about my radiator without bothering to check if it's even turned on ...
post #18 of 34
I have a programable thermostat but it is not necessary to adjust it at night. We just tell it the temp we want and the air/heat turns on when necessary to keep that temp. Summer is a big bill for us, winter not so much. This fall is great, cool enough not to need air and warm enough to rarely need the heat (I'm in Texas btw). I actually look forward to getting my electric bill.
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by its_our_family View Post
I will no longer complain of the heat at 72.

I think we are going to go buy a programable thermostat tonight. We haven't been turing it down during the day and we are gone almost everyday all day with school/work.

Do any of you have kids that prefer naked as opposed to clothed? We have a hard time turning down the heat at night cause both boys will only sleep in underwear.
J goes naked all the time and the house is at 59. We're all very hot people though. We sweat if we are at someone's house that is over 70.
post #20 of 34
We keep our thermostat at 17C (around 62/63F) during the day and off at night.

eta: My kids will still go nekkid at 17C.
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