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Old 02-12-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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We have compromised on temps nicely through the years. DH grew up in an all electric house and mine was natural gas. The choice of heating and their cost explains the differences: his parents kept the temp at 65-68 and you were told put a sweater on, while mine kept the temp at 78 and we wore shorts in the winter.

For us as a couple, autumn brought about annual discussion/argument of when to turn the heat on and of course I was told to put on a sweater. Eventually I learned to like the house temp cooler and on later visits to my parents I found their house stifling from the heat.

We haven't had to turn on the heat this year at all in SWFL, the lowest temp inside the house has been 62 so I put on a sweater until it rose to 70 by noon. In the summer we keep the AC at 78-80 and use our ceiling fans. Neither of us grew up with AC and any AC temp is better than how we spent our summers in the Midwest. Like Escort Rider, I don't like high temp shifts between the inside and outside.

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Old 02-12-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Wayward Pines,ID
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Luckily, DW and I are on the same page. Winter is 57 night and 62 day on heat. We just added AC in 2016 to keep the house cool (high 60s if possible) all summer. There are an average of 25 days when it gets into the 90s around here in north Idaho.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:28 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We like the same temps in our house. ~58 - 65 winter (no thermostat war, cuz WOOD heat = No Thermostat!)

Wood stove is appreciated by all!!! especially this winter. (Ice storms a few times / week, instead of once every few yrs) 95 MPH winds and ice storm last week. Gonna need to cut a LOT of wood for next season. Usually have plenty of wood, but running low already.

No AC in summer, Whole house fan and 50F nights.

Occasionally I have to BURROW under the wool blankets when the windows are open and wind blowing in summer. Spouse needs NO BLANKETS! (EVER!)

If we have a temperature war, one of us needs to head to the shop or doghouse. (or go split some more firewood)
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Western Asia
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Wife likes it sweltering and I like freezer temps so yes it is a battle.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Space heater in bathroom for showering?

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Luckily, DW and I are on the same page. Winter is 57 night and 62 day on heat. We just added AC in 2016 to keep the house cool (high 60s if possible) all summer. There are an average of 25 days when it gets into the 90s around here in north Idaho.
Interesting to see that someone keeps the winter temps even colder than I do. (I am at 63 24/7 during the winter). I use a space heater in the bathroom for showering though. You too?
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Lucky I live alone. I remember my Mom and Dad could never set it where both were comfortable.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:46 AM
 
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I was raised in Northern California by a man who was very sparing with the furnace. He only lit the pilot light for a matter of weeks during the winter, and even then set the furnace around 60 degrees. Pilot light was extinguished circa late Feb. We were encouraged to stay active during the day and burrow under the blankets at night. We wore sweaters.

Nobody I knew growing up had A/C.

Now my habits are similar. I'm divorced with two children, and we keep the thermostat at 55 during the day. Most nights we don't run the furnace at all. That's how we like it We wear sweaters during the winter. No A/C here either. I like to feel the seasons. Winter, cool; summer, warm.

But then, the climate is much more temperate in the Bay Area and Seattle than in other places. I've never lived anywhere with harsh winters or hot summers. Probably be a different story then--I hate hot weather!
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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68 in winter with night time set back to 62
78 in Summer
Thermostat is a programmable so the Delta between 68 and 78 sees no furnace or A/C activity and we don't need to touch it.

Back in the day when we used pneumatic thermostats at work there were a couple customers who received special attention. Because they constantly adjusted the thermostats and made life miserable for everyone else in the Dept we gave then a personal thermostat.

It was connected to the low pressure compressed air so they could hear the reassuring hiss when they adjusted it. Otherwise it did nothing.

These sure stopped a lot of complaints!
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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72-73 base temp year round. Maybe 74 in winter.
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:52 AM
 
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70-72 is comfortable for me. I am the caregiver for my mother. She will crank the thermostat up to 80 at times. Otherwise, she likes it about 74. A little bit of a thermostat war, but if one of us is too warm or too cold, we just mention it...and the other one gives in for a while.
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