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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

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
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
EmpowHER Guest

I think 68 is the best for the summer and 75 for the winter

June 15, 2014 - 8:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

75 degrees?! You're out of your mind. Congratulations on your hideously wasteful and selfish habits!

December 4, 2014 - 11:55am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

For me, summer 79; winter 68, night 55. Your body can adapt.

November 7, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I didn't get it. why set the room temp in the summer is colder than that in the winter? is this the way the Americans waste the energy?

July 15, 2014 - 11:08am
EmpowHER Guest

Ok.. There is a difference between being at home and camping. When you are camping you wear sweaters, more socks and blankets. When I'm at home, I'm not camping. I want to do normal things without thinking about being cold. If I want to wear a sweater and insulated pants I should consider living in a tent and not a house. If you're so close as to not be able to afford the heating bill then you are basically camping anyway. Set your temp to a comfortable temperature, which varies from 65 to 72. You should not be turning your thermostat up to get to the recommended lowest temperature of 68. Remember the ads that say turn your thermostat down to 68 in the winter. Well, if you need to turn yours up to get to that, you are living in a house that is just too cold.

November 26, 2013 - 12:05am
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I feel the numbers here are too warm... I have no heat and windows open in the winter, and in the warmer months (March-November) I keep the AC set to 60F, which is already uncomfortably warm to me, I dress 24/7 year round in T-shirt and Shorts even when I'm outside and it is below 32F outside.

April 17, 2013 - 11:24am
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