When do you turn on the heat?

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  1. ms.irene

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    So, I should preface this by saying that I live in Northern CA, so I realize that this might seem a bit trivial coming from me, but I am wondering when other people turn on their heating? I keep mine set to go off when it gets down to 60 degrees inside. Today when I came home, it was 62 degrees indoors -- it was warmer outside! :eek: I happen to live in a lovely old house that somehow does a great job of being sweltering all summer and then being freezing all winter. It seems like just the other day I was sweating and eating ice cubes to stay cool (no ac) and now I am bundling up and making tea to stay warm! It just seems to early to turn on the heat. What is your heat threshold?
     
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    Ours is set to turn on at 62 inside. I am in the South, so it's usually at least December before it gets turned on.
     
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    I haven't turned on the heat in more than 20 years...we live in a tropical climate...so I guess my advice wouldn't be of much use to you :hugs:
     
  5. waterfall

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    I don't have a set temperature. If I'm cold, I turn it on. I live in a tiny apartment and my bills are very cheap, so I don't worry about the cost. Right now I actually have the AC on (we've had an extremely warm fall here), but I have previously had the heat on during colder days this fall.
     
  6. ms.irene

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    Our heat is expensive, especially since we are obviously losing warmth through the drafty old walls and doors...For now, I opened up all the doors and it came up to a toasty 65 degrees inside. I don't mind bundling up anyway! It does make it hard to get up in the morning when it's 60 degrees and pitch dark out, though...
     
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    It's on now though it hasn't kicked on. I keep it set between 68-70.
     
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    The ac is on now. We keep it set on 78. We usually keep the heat set to 68.
     
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    Weatherstripping can help with heat loss through door and window openings, and it's pretty easy to install.

    In winter, try keeping drapes open during the day so you get a bit of greenhouse effect.

    The old SoCal trick for summer without air conditioning is to open the house up when the afternoon westerly breeze starts and, if possible, to keep windows open all night, then close them around sunup.

    Beyond that, the house probably needs more insulation in the attic and in the crawl space (I'm guessing this house is on a foundation, not a slab: if it's on a slab, it's not that old).
     
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    I'm in southern California & although 1/2 of Oct's already over, it's still hot. A day doesn't go by when I still don't turn on the A/C. I was hoping for cooler weather way by now. No heater here anytime soon! I also have an electric blanket & when it really gets cool, I'll turn that on.
     
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    I got out the electric blanket when it dropped below 50 outside. Once the outside temps are consistently in the low 40's, I'll turn on the heat.
     
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    We generally heat from sometime in September through mid to late May. When we first moved to our house, I have vivid memories of firing up our old wood furnace in very late May.
     
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    The heater? My goodness--I don't use it very often.

    I am always warm. Always.

    In fact, I probably use the A/C from April-November. My utilities bills are very high, but I work too hard to sit in a warm house after work.

    My boyfriend says I'm his very own personal heater in the winter. My body emits so much heat!
     
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    My honey is like that. I'm not a big fan of cuddling all night most of the year or else I'd wake up in a pool of sweat. In the coldest part of the year, that's another story.
     
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    When I get cold - September if necessary.
     
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    Our heat/cooling system is set up to automatically heat or cool when necessary. So, on chilly nights the heat comes on and on hot days the air comes on. It was an unexpected treat the first fall after we had our very old HVAC system replaced. It was a few weeks into the really cold nights, and I was wondering why I wasn't waking up just freezing in the morning. Since I didn't set up the computerized thermostat, I didn't realize that it was all automatic.

    When the house drops to 70 the heat comes on. When it warms to 76 the air comes on.
     
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    I've kicked it on twice- both were nights that got into the low 30s/upper 20s and my niece was coming on my sister's way to work.
    Other than that, I like it cool in my house. So I won't turn it on just for me yet. I usually set the air to the high 60s!
     
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    Ohio is really back and forth. We have switched from heat to air and back several times in the past few weeks. I don't mind being cool (my husband loves to build a fire), but I can't stand to be hot.
     
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    Never! I'm also in a tropical climate... though I kind of want to get a space heater to use downstairs in the mornings. The few nights we get down in the 40s/50s + humidity + tile floors = me freezing at 5am trying to get ready for work.
     
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    I turn it on whenever I get cold. There has been a couple of nights that were close to turning it on, but haven't done it yet.
     
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    Haven't turned it on yet (It's gotten to 61 in the house). WE have turned on fire place & space heaters though. Mostly run before bed & when we first get up. Have had some freeze warnings outside so been in 30s & 40s mainly at night, but day in 50s some 60s. We just throw on sweats & use blankets. We try to go until November. Nice to save some money especially after last winter.

    I try to bake & instead of leaving oven door closed open it to put heat out!
     
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    We haven't needed it yet, though our house is getting cooler at night, so the time is coming.

    I hate being too warm, so the warmest we set it to is about 65.
     
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    Heater?! Ha! LOL, we have the A/C on 11 of the 12 months here! :)
     
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    We only have a wood pellet stove and no furnace so we do turn it on low at night if it's 40 or below. Sometimes we will put it on in the morning while getting ready for work if it's really cold but I'm fine either way. I don't like too much heat. I'd just rather wear a sweater or use my snuggie. If it were up to me (and our pipes didn't freeze) I would hardly turn it on at all until it was snowing and freezing.
     
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    I do this too! Time to start baking, I guess! :)
     
  26. ECE ABC

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    I do this too..LOL:D
     
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    Funny we bake. ..it's our hibernating season...lol...put on some winter weight! Lol ;)
     
  28. ms.irene

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    I'm still trying to lose my 5 pounds from last winter :blush: So maybe I shouldn't start baking too many goodies yet!
     
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    When did I turn on the heat? Yesterday!
     
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    The heat popped on this morning for the first time...When I got up, it was 61 degrees in the house! It's a weird time of year where I live, though, with days getting into the high 70s-80s and nights in the 40s. I don't think our house is very well-insulated. I'm glad to know it at least won't get below 60 degrees inside!
     
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    Lol!!!!
     
  32. ECE ABC

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    Its 49 degrees tonight and i am fighting turning the heat on......its only October and I am on the East Coast and have 4-5months of winter still ahead so I am waiting.

    I am sitting here, wearing in 2 sweatshirts and 2 pairs of thick socks...under my blankie, sipping my tea..so nope, no heat for me yet:D
     
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    Hubby put it on this morning...it was 61 in house. Frosty this morning....
     
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    I could have signed my name to your post! We have a general rule of heat off April 1 - November 1. Last week it did reach 58 in the house but we survived...shivering and complaining. We put wood in the fireplace a few times and the space heaters are on in the bathrooms. We've baked too for heat purposes. One night potatoes, another ham, and turnovers.
     
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    This is semi-related, and I haven't read all 4 pages so my apologies if this is a repeat.

    I was shopping for a new thermostat the other day, and I stumbled upon the same one that my office has in all parts of my building. In the reviews, someone posted the method for changing it so that it will automatically switch between heat and a/c. It was quite the process, and I'm not sure why it has to be so difficult, but it does work well! Now, in my office, if the temp goes below 69 the heat kicks on, and above 73 the a/c kicks on.

    It's the little things, that make life happy! I wish Honeywell would have made it set up that way, but once I figured out the process it wasn't bad. It saves a lot of money, not to mention time.
     
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    Turned it on last night so we didn't quite make it until November. The wind made it 54 in the home and that was too cold. :eek:
     
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    It was 18 degrees outside last night here. EIGHTEEN. Jeez, where did summer go???
     
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    Does anyone happen to have a Honeywell thermostat, and ever encountered a problem with the fan running at all times, no matter whether trying to cool, heat, or stay the same? We still have the heat off, despite it being rather cold in the house, because the alternative is that blowing constantly and wasting a *ton* of power.
     
  39. a2z

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    pm'd you
     
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    It´s mostly low to mid 80s during the day so really no need for heating here....
     
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    Well we had it on for 2 days. Temps went up & sun made it warm off for about a week..BUT it will be on probable tonight!!! SNOW tomorrow!!!!!
     

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