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ask: What's the ideal temperature of a home?

By Bargain Lover
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Is there a general concensus about what the temperature of a house should be? I know that advice has been given about having a home too warm or too cold but am not sure what a healthy temperature is.

I like a very warm house in winter but don't like the attached bills!

We keep our programmable thermostat at 68 degrees F. We have kids but we're all healthy with no special needs. Honestly, I'd like it higher but I want to save on energy costs, be a bit more envioronmentally conscious and 68 degrees works well, as our house is newer and very well insulated.

Any opinions?

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EmpowHER Guest

I found this little ole post when searching for ideal temps for a home because everyone who comes to my home says its cold but I don't think it is.
I'm from the UK and we have the heating at 60f in winter and the heating isn't on at all in the summer, just have it set to heat the water, which, is set to be able to keep your hand under the running hot tap, I can never work out why people want to scold themselves and come out looking like a lobster or have put cold water into hot to get the temp right, if you have to do that the water temp is obviously set too high.

We never suffer from colds etc, I love being in a toasty bed while the air os cool. I do Tai Chi in the morning and believe me if you want to get warm try it, it's awesome.

Once you get used to a temp anything else becomes uncomfortable, I can't believe how hot people have their homes, its stifling, I also have to say that the "its cold brigade" no matter what the temp is set to seem to do nothing more than sit watching TV in a state of gelatinous semi sleep.

January 14, 2015 - 1:58am
EmpowHER Guest

I am a tenant and the apartments were built in 2000. Apartments have good insulation. All units have free central heating which works nice. I normally keep my thermostat set at 90 in winter and 80 in summer. At set temperature 90 I have to put on heated blanket at nights. That's the way I am.

January 6, 2015 - 10:16pm
EmpowHER Guest

I live in a 2 story 4 room and my dad built his room took half our loft ,so okay technically 5 bedroom home .... I am22 and work live at home ect. This isn't a life story column but hey personal touches wouldn't hurt ... There are 6 people in my house including myself and my 1 tear old son.
Household wise we usually only use our heater from end of def to probably end of Feb, we keep It around 70°f usually its a little cold for me personally I'd want it at 74-75, yes I know too warm for most but I am anemic and my son is little so we freeze at 70° so I bare with it and throw on extra clothing on him he doesn't keep blankets on ...myself I usually wear shorts year round although cold I like to be comfy. So I have about 3-4 blankets n so does my son but he ends up with them wadded up at his feet or over his head (even in the summer) he likes it dark but I like to have light so TV is a must lol but anywho household 70°f me 74-77 is snugg and warm .... I live in Arizona I might add .. We don't have much for winter but I don't like the cold don't like the heat can tolerate sleeping colder in summer but not too much heat in nights ...all personally though ..the end ..
Thanks for reading my novel lmfao

January 5, 2015 - 3:45am
EmpowHER Guest

We're at 64 most of the day and 60 at night. If I get cold I bake something and warm the house as well.

January 3, 2015 - 3:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

Wow, maybe there is something wrong with me cause i am at 70 degrees, and so cold i feel like wearing a coat in my house. I also have a humidifier in my room though which i think has made a big difference in making me feel cold.

December 31, 2014 - 10:00am
EmpowHER Guest

All these temperatures are way too low!! I like to keep my thermostat at 35 celcius (95 fahrenheit) in winter and 30 c (86 f) in summer. That way the heating always stays on. During the day in winter I usually put the fire on full to give extra heat. Anything below 85 is way too cold for me. I guess I just like to be warm.

December 15, 2014 - 8:51am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I don't know if you are joking or not, as I have never heard anyone that extreme, unless you're from an area that is typically hot. I will say you'd make an awesome room mate. Haha. I have only met some senior citizens who like that temperature. That's warm for me, but I'd take warm over 68C any day.

December 30, 2014 - 11:06am
EmpowHER Guest

i keep it from 8am-3am at 68 during cold season
AND from 3am-8am at 76 so we can wake up to a warm house and make it easy to get out of bed.... the warm bed in cold weather makes it sooo hard to get out of bed.
By 8am the kids are off to school and we are off to work and going to bed on a 68 degrees is not bad bc it makes you want to be under the cover. We get the benefit of a lower bill bc we kept the house at 68 degress for 20 hrs. and for 5hrs. at 76.

November 4, 2014 - 8:02am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Wish I had 25hrs in my day

December 14, 2014 - 4:03pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am from Minnesota and here the temperature outside affects your inside temperature, no matter what insulation you have. It can be 100 degrees here and it can be -40 degrees. 60 degrees in -40 feels different than 60 degrees in the summer. Set your thermostat to what feels comfortable in a light sweater in the winter (a little below the freezing point) and your pajamas in the summer. Blankets are to put on when it is -40 and still have the same temperature. There is nothing I hate more than a house that is too cold in the summer.

October 29, 2014 - 6:09am
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