At night, I've been keeping our thermomstat at 57 or so. The heat doesn't come on, since our house so far isn't dipping below 59ish. DH wakes in the AM with the kids and will turn it up to 65 ( <-- because I think 60 is just fine and we're in a financial crunch, so I'm picky..).
It's good to do what I am doing now, right? Meaning leaving it low at night and then turning it up in the AM? Better than leaving it at 65 all night? I figure if it was at 65 all night, it'd turn on multiple times. But if we turn it on for 15 min in the morning to warm it up five degrees, that's nothing compared to running it a lot at night (for no reason).. ?
Anyway, I'm interested to see the responses here because we do the same thing. We live in an old house and it feels like the heat goes right out the walls when it goes off. We turn off the heat at night, turn it up a little until it goes on in the morning, warm up and then keep the heat on low during the day (we're home during the day), it's chilly during the day. In the evening we turn the heat up a little (for bath time pretty much) and then after DS goes to bed we turn it down again and eventulaly we go to bed.
I think in our house if we kept the heat on a single lower temperature (like if we kept the thermostat on 60..) it wouldn't really work. The thermostat isn't really that accurate, I've noticed, the heat in the house would just keep going up and down all day.
Right now, it's about 25 degrees outside and it's 59 in the LR at the moment. But I know in three hours, DH will be up and upping the heat (even with massive layers, the man is always COLD!).
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Plus we have a boiler and it takes FOREVER to heat up. It's more efficient to leave it on a lower setting but not too low or the house wouldn't warm back up in forever.
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Of course, with 2' of snow against the house (up to 6' in certain spots where the drifts were) that created insulation.
I looked and the temp in my kids room right now is 62. That is perfect, I think. They are in warm jammies plus they each use thick comforters along with having flannel sheets. I don't think I've ever felt their foreheads or limbs and found them to be cold at night.
(ETA: We were in a house four years ago where the heater died and the landlord refused to fix it. Long story short, we didn't have heat for months on end until we could escape that place. We had a fireplace downstairs, so we'd use that in the evening before bed. I think at the lowest I can remember, the house got to around 52 in the coolest spot (bathroom).)
I look at it this way. Every single log I put into the fire is costing me money, so by not putting any logs on at night I am saving money.
Replace wood with whatever fuel you use to heat the house and the answer is the same.
Some people say it costs extra money to reheat the house in the AM. I can't see how reheating would take as much fuel as heating a whole house for 8-10 hours though.
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Anyway.. we don't have a programmable thermostat, it's manual. But that's a good point that people with programmable ones do this very thing, didn't think of that.
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i think the concerns with turning it off and on come if you have a system that takes a long time to heat up and get going. we currently have a natural gas furnace, but i have lived in many old east coast buildings with radiator heat, and it was better to suffer through nights with an overhot radiator than to wait hours for it to get warm again the next day. with more modern heating, though, it's a completely different situation and it's always better to use less energy.
Meanwhile, I wanted to mention Costco has programmable thermostats for under $30.
I've lived in older homes with wall heaters here in San Diego (electric contraptions located between the walls, sending heat into both areas). Those things are not fine-tuned to stay at any given temperature. This was before programmable thermostats, but we would always have to turn it on in the morning and then down after showers and off while we were gone and then on again when we got home from work and then down a little after dinner and off (or down real low) at bedtime. Way too much time spent on controlling the temperature! Luckily, though, our cold weather days are VERY limited here.
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We do have our stat set at 55 at night but the heat still runs all night as it is very cold here. It certainly runs far less than during the day when we are at 62.
I depends on the type of heat system. For most people, turning it off at night does save energy. If you heat with hot water radiators, it may not. The energy to reheat the water likely outweighs the benefit of not running it at night. Steam might also be in the same boat.
But, it may only make sense to do it if your heating system will heat the house relatively quickly. In our current house (previously forced hot air, now pellet stove) the house would heat up from an overnight temp of 55 to daytime of 60/62 in only 20 min or so. But from growing up with hot water radiators, it would take considerably longer than that (maybe, 2-3 hours) That's a *long time* to be chilly first thing in the morning!
I don't get it. If the heat isn't kicking on, how does it cost money? If it is, you could lower it a bit. We're in middle townhome. With houses on both sides it's often 70 with the heat set on 62.
If its not running even it technical is on, can't be costing any money.
We are also in a middle townhome. With the front and back exposed. I have to say, its chilly/drafty in here. We just turned the heat on last week. But its set really low.
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
If the heater spends an hour total running overnight, turning off and on, it will use more energy than running for 15 minutes in the morning, turning on once. A cold house will lose less heat to the outside because the gradient is not as steep.
In our old house, what we do now wouldn't have been the smartest idea due to how the heat system was setup.
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