CENTRAL AIR USERS: What is your thermostat set at?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 09, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    Just curious... How many of you use central (whole house) air conditioning?
    If so.. what do you keep your house set at here during the summer.

    And... what about the winter? Are you into energy savings?

    For those in the southern hemisphere, are you using your heat now?

    For me, house is usually set on 78 degrees during the day... might go to 77 at night... during the winter, day or night, the heat is set on 62 degrees.
    It helps with my electric bill and gas.... sometimes during the summer I don't sleep as well as I should and I know the house is a little warm. I use a fan or two to help.
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    Aug 10, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    79 degrees right now....around 70 in winter
  • baldone

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    i didn't turn it on till mid day...first time on this year...we are upper 90's and humid right now so its set about 73...winter time i keep set at 62 during day and 65 at night when i am home...when home all day usually set at 65
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    Aug 10, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    In Santiago I have no heating at all. I have an east facing flat and the sun warms it during the mornings in winter. In summer I close the curtains during the day and open at night.

    In Florida I had 77/78 during the day, at night same or 75 with the fan on (summer). In the winter, no heat or 62, depending on the weather.

    I donĀ“t really feel the cold or the heat if they are natural and I get use to them as they change. Artificial heating kills me.
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    I use ma blanky icon_biggrin.gif it's all nice and warm.. go a reverse cycle AC unit but hate the damn thing, dry hot air, I've gas here and I've thought about getting a big gas heater but they aren't cheap, gas isn't cheap and it's a big space to heat.. so it wont happen icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 10, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI use ma blanky icon_biggrin.gif it's all nice and warm..



    Now I see why you like the idea of cuddling up....

    LOL

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    Aug 10, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidNow I see why you like the idea of cuddling up....

    ;)
  • rnch

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    Aug 10, 2009 10:19 AM GMT
    i specified a touch screen, multi period set back thermostat 2 years ago when i renovated this money pit with (at the time) hi efficiency central a/c, two stage natural gas heating, attic fiberglass rolled insulation, closed cell foam insulation sprayed on the bottoms of the heart of pine floors in this 1882 raised off the ground house. as this is a historic home area, i could not change out the original windows, but i did caulk, weatherstrip and reglaze them the best i could. doors are all weartherstripped tightly. it seems like this old house deals better with heat than cold.

    a/c set at 77 for "wake" and "return" cycles, 82 for "leave" cycle, 80 for "sleep" cycle as i have a high(er) efficiency window unit a/c in my bedroom that cools that room down to 70...i cannot sleep in a warm room, summer or winter!

    77 at the thermostat gives me an ambient room temperature of 76 in the living room, where i spend 90% of my time.

    that and ceiling fans works out adequately..the "fuel adjustment charge" is a bitch! sometimes it is as high as my usage charge, doubling my bill. icon_evil.gif

    in the winter (what little we have here in new orleans) the thermostat is at 67 during the day, 60 at night.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:56 AM GMT
    72 now in the summer.
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:22 AM GMT
    In Houston you couldn't last a day without central AC. The bedroom floor is set at 75 at night, 78 during the day; the 2 lower floors are 76 in the daytime and 79 at night. And every month I hold my breath when I open the electric bill.
  • kita

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:36 PM GMT
    Durring the day the heat doesn't bother me so much. When I'm home, I just sit naked in front of the fan with a refreshing beverage. However, I have to have it cool at night. It's set at about 70, I think (20C). Around here the coldest winter nights only just have frost, so I don't think it's cold enough for heat. I just use a down comforter--but even that gets too hot for me if the people below me have their heat on.

    Guess I'm just hot-blooded.
  • rnch

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidIn Houston you couldn't last a day without central AC. The bedroom floor is set at 75 at night, 78 during the day; the 2 lower floors are 76 in the daytime and 79 at night. And every month I hold my breath when I open the electric bill.
    same goes for new orleans. i dunno how peeps lived here before the advent of a/c...musta drank a LOT of mint julips and passed out early!

    the opening of the monthly electric bill is also a drama-filled moment for me. icon_mad.gif "this i do alone".

  • Timbales

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    Aug 10, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    73 to 74 for AC, 69 to 70 for heat
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    There aren't many forced air systems in Europe. Most are splits with convectors in each room that can be set to individual temperatures. That is the system that we have.

    I am a whore. Anything over 22 in the summer and I wilt. To achieve that we keep this old system set on 18. In the winter we have radiators and I keep those set on 18 as well, which runs the house at about 20. Though the systems aren't efficient (it isn't my house or I would change them) the walls are almost a meter thick so once things are cooled or heated they tend to stay that way.

    In France electricity is cheap and plentiful (thank you Nuclear power).

    In Italy one is obliged to actually contract for the amount of power that you intend to consume (half of which comes from France anyway).

    Contrary to any form of good sense the meter is set to trip if the consumption goes over that level. Most meters are set at 3kw.

    Don't think this policy evolved out of any enlightened European concern for the environment (which is an utter myth). Actually, it deters the crafty neighbors from tapping into one's electrical box and stealing power.

    It is actually necessary to decide if you want to run the dishwasher, the oven, or the washing machine. The max is two simultaneous appliances or the power will trip.

    That is Italy in the 21st century.
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    Summer 67 when im home; 73 when im not
    Winter 68
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:30 PM GMT
    65 to 75 during the summer months.

    60 to 65 during the winter months.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 10, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    76 for the AC (which I use more as a whole-house dehumidifier than for the actual cooling of the air), 62 for the winter heating when I'm home alone; 68 when company is over (and I change into a pair of shorts). Although for much of this winter, I actually had the thermostat set to 65, because I wasn't sure if my kittens were big enough to handle a lower temperature. Next winter, I expect I'll be back to 62.
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    70
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    My roommates set it at 76 and I think that's too cold, and pointless when it's just 80 degrees outside, and don't like paying a $90 share of the electricity bill every month. =(
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    75, and even that's a little too hot for me some times.
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    Well since it's been in the high 90's for the last few days, I've had it set on about 65. Normally is left around 70-72..
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    I keep it set on 68 pretty much year round.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Wimps. I keep mine at 84 during the day, and maybe down to 82 overnight if I'm really feeling warmish. When it's well over 100 outside, anything cooler feels too cold. I hate over-cold air conditioning.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    zdrew saidWimps. I keep mine at 84 during the day, and maybe down to 82 overnight if I'm really feeling warmish. When it's well over 100 outside, anything cooler feels too cold. I hate over-cold air conditioning.

    So that's why you're so hawt.


    Aww, and yet you know how to melt me like a lil old ice cube.
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    I put the thermostat as low as I can. Love a/c.

    The air gets turned on in May and probably doesn't get shut off until September........OH, my electric is included in my monthly charges.