How cold do you go?

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nicolesy
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:36PM

I'm staying with my parents for the holidays, and it's been h*cking cold outside the whole time I've been here.  My parents think it's normal to keep the thermostat at 66°F/19°C ... and I've been freezing my tush off every day (while I'm inside the house!)

To me this is way too cold ... my fingers and toes are freezing!  Am I crazy?  Is there something wrong with me?

How warm/cold do you keep your houses this time of year?
InkkStudios
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:38PM

I would agree with you........My house has to be at 71 to 72 F........I can't stand anything below that. I would even prefer 74 F......

I use to have to sleep in the cold in the military and wake up in snow, then try and shave (with freezing water). WARMth is what I prefer. 
h0rde
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:06PM
I'm uncomfortable at colder than 74, and since I'm the only one who lives here, it's 74 all day, every day.
caspixel
Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:07PM

I keep my thermostat at 66F, but I keep a space heater underneath my desk. Then at night turn the heat up to 69F to warm up the house for a few hours, then turn it back down and run the space heater in the bedroom with the doors closed. When I am in the house, if I am watching TV, I'm covered with two blankets. I wear a sweater and warm slippers. I hate being cold, but I don't like paying a high heating bill, so I do other things to compensate.


BTW, when I lived in New England, my mother would keep the heat at 55F and would never turn it up past 65F in the dead of winter. Now *that* was cold. Brrrrrr.....
Purdue9394
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:08PM
68 degrees -- That's what sweatshirts, sweaters, and houseshoes are for!  It's just too expensive to keep it any warmer than that!
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:17PM
69F, unless my girlfriend comes over, then I crank it all the way up to 71F. haha
plientje
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:21PM

We keep it at 72F. Plus a warm cozy fire every evening. I can't stand the cold.
Down2theXRoads
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:04PM
We're a family of Scandinavian origins, and we're living in the mother-grabbin' life-suckin' desert! When winter comes (for a week or two), we love it and keep it as cold as possible. Since I work through the night and my husband gets up early for his 14 hour day, I crank up the heat to 64 around 4 a.m. so he won't freeze taking a shower. After that it's back down to 52 during the days. Once in a while we use the fireplace, but since wood burning fireplaces are banned in our area, what's the use.

Our daughter is a total whimp and keeps her coat on when she visits.
risamay
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:16PM
I have no idea what the temp in my apt is. It's out of my control, generally. My building is on radiator heat (steam). I love it. And if I'm too cold, I just throw on an extra layer. Not a big deal at all. It's Oakland, so the cold is pretty mild.
Zuki
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:36PM
I can go outside in 40F temperatures with a T-shirt on and it wouldn't phase me one bit but in the house, I can't stand to be cold at all.  Nothing under 75F, I need to be in a T-shirt and shorts, even in the deep of winter.
PrairieArtProject
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:10AM

I'm guessing no one is coming to visit me.

We keep the electric heat in the upstairs (where we sleep) at 62, unless someone is sick or something, then we might turn it up to 65.

Downstairs is heated with wood, so it usually is around 65 once it gets cranking, but when I wake up in the morning and start the fire, it's usually around 48 or 50 in the house. It doesn't pay to get up early around here We do have a little space heater in the family room for when people are sitting and watching TV or using the computer, but otherwise, we wear a lot of turtlenecks and sweatshirts and everyone has their own blankie.

If I could have it any temperature I wanted, I'd keep it at 75, but our house is a big ol' barn and is hard to heat. 
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:30AM
i'm with tracy on the temp settings. Our heater kicks in at 60 and tops out at 62.
PrairieArtProject
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:47AM
eta: This is not to say I like it cold; I don't, I'm just cheap. We don't turn the A/C on unless the heat index is 110 degrees or above. My husband disagrees, but I think if you get used to the ambient temperature, it's better for you. Everytime I'm in the A/C a lot (like at school), I get sick as a dog.


(Edited on 2007-12-17 06:48:43 by tracyjayhawk)
Sieboldianus
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:05AM
I've around 19.5 °C - it's the temperature I get without heating (my neighbors heat enough).
Barbie97
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:24AM
LOL Nicolesy! You reminded me of when I had to live when I lived with my parents for a few months while she was going thru menopause and having hot flashes. She had the A/C on, which was set super low... then she's have the ceiling fan on AND a box fan! It was like the north pole in their house!

I keep my house at 68 (in the winter) because I don't want to pay the high bill. And at night we shut it down to about 50. I love being under a pile of quilts and blankets! smile My house has TERRIBLE insulation too so it gets pretty cold in here. Specially in my office. I can sometimes feel cold air blowing on my hands while I'm typing! ugh... can't wait to sell this house and build a new one! smile

(Edited on 2007-12-17 07:24:22 by Barbie97)
nicolesy
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:30AM
Posted By caspixel:
BTW, when I lived in New England, my mother would keep the heat at 55F and would never turn it up past 65F in the dead of winter. Now *that* was cold. Brrrrrr.....

Ooh! No kidding ... I'd be going to Walmart to get a space-heater if it was that cold here!


Posted By Purdue9394:
68 degrees -- That's what sweatshirts, sweaters, and houseshoes are for! It's just too expensive to keep it any warmer than that!

I don't mind wearing tons of clothes, but when my fingers are cold while I'm trying to work at my computer ... that's when it's too cold!  (It's kind of hard to wear gloves and process my photos at the same time)
caspixel
Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:34AM
Posted By P_Wei:
i'm with tracy on the temp settings. Our heater kicks in at 60 and tops out at 62.


Yeah, but Pai, you live in SoCal. So what, your heater kicks on maybe twice a year


 

Posted By nicolesy:
I don't mind wearing tons of clothes, but when my fingers are cold while I'm trying to work at my computer ... that's when it's too cold! (It's kind of hard to wear gloves and process my photos at the same time) wink
The space heater works really well for this. Put it under your desk and you will be toasty.
caspixel
Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:53AM
Posted By tracyjayhawk:

when I wake up in the morning and start the fire, it's usually around 48 or 50 in the house.
You know Tracy, there is such a thing a hypothermia, right?
ploveking
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:09AM

 My mother keeps her house, I don't know the numbers, but it feels cold to me. Probably mid to low 60s. I hated it growing up and once I became an adult, I just stopped visiting except in the spring and summer. I hate hate hate the cold. I live in the DC area now, and these 40 degree days are making me want to move back to georgia. I am with Zuki, if I have to wear long sleeves indoors, it's not my house. If I have to wear long sleeves outdoors, I'm going to complain about it. And if it's like today where I have to wear two shirts and a hefty sweater, I'm going to be cranky all day long, until I get back to my home, where the heat is set hight enough for me to take off all but one of these shirts.


   You don't get used to cold. You can't drink water to make it ok. Cold will kill you without layers, or other heat sources. As long as you drink enough water, heat won't hurt you. And there's a reason people "warm up" before exercise. Warm muscles are flexible and resistant to injury, cold muscles are brittle.
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:15AM

got the heater set to 68...but it doesnt kick on too often..been in the 70s round here... :P
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