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Old 10-13-2019, 12:48 PM
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Do you have the heat on at your place yet? I'm debating! Right now, it is snowing, but it's melting as it hits the ground. The temperatures today are a high of 42 and a low of 31. Tomorrow is a high of 48 and a low of 37. Without the heat on, my thermostat in my apartment says it's 62 degrees. I'm debating if I should or not. I don't want to, but I don't want to be cold either. I'm leaning towards no. What do you think? If I do, what do you think I should set it to?


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Old 10-13-2019, 12:51 PM
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I don't like to be cold so it depends on how you feel. I too try to keep off the heat until I can't stand it. At 62 I would turn on the heat to 68.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:52 PM
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We had ours on starting last week. We have it set to 68. We made it to October and that was good enough!
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:03 PM
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Yeah, probably for tonight anyway. If it's 62 now, it'll be lower in the middle of the night. I would go 65-68, no higher.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:04 PM
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I would do whatever you can do to be comfortable. We have not needed heat where I live yet, but I do have a couple of small space heaters from Target. One is in the bedroom and one is in the living room. I hate to heat the whole house before the temps fall below freezing because it is so expensive and the place is poorly insulated.


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Old 10-13-2019, 01:04 PM
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I hate to be cold. I would have the heat on and set to at least 70.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:07 PM
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No heat. Still running air conditioner but it has not cut on much today as it is 70 outside right now at 4 PM. Last week the high was in the mid 90's.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:20 PM
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Ugh. We had the air conditioning on one day (78 degrees) and the next day had the heat on when it dropped to 42 degrees at night. Everything is off right now.
I would set it at 67 or 68 if I were in your shoes.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:26 PM
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it has been chilly but we haven't put the heat on yet. We are used to having our home in the cold months heated to about 65-67 degrees. In the morning it is colder in the house than that but it usually warms up by late morning..so not yet.

My grandson is trying to have a contest with his mom to see if they can hold off to the first of Dec. before turning on the heat. As the saying goes, I hope he didn't bet the rent on that one!
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:32 PM
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Why wouldn't you turn on heat if it is in the forties?


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Old 10-13-2019, 01:44 PM
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Turned it on last week when there were some nights in the thirties and days only in the low 50s. I'm not going to be cold. We only turn it up to 65 anyway and use blankets on the couch.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:00 PM
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We haven't got nearly that cold yet, so I haven't turned the heat on in my house at all yet (in fact the AC is still on most days), but I have needed a touch of heat in the car some mornings.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:23 PM
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The heater has not been on, but I did smell the fireplace burning off dust a few mornings ago. Our daytime temps are still forecast for 70-80s for the next 10 days. A few nights dipped into the 40s.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:28 PM
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I turned on the heat several weeks ago when we had a cold day. Then it hardly ever ran and we had snow a couple of days ago, so I had it running again then. Today it's 70 so it's not cold enough to kick on.

Personally, I'd rather pay to be comfortable. There's a certain point where I'll try a blanket or fan, but I'm not going to be miserable in my own house.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:34 PM
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I do whatever it takes to not be cold. I've run the heater in the summer when I lived on the coast.

I'd have had it on long before you if your house is 62! If I'm only going to be in the house for a brief time (like from wake up to leave for work 30 minutes later), I turn it on if it's 64 or lower. But if I'm in the house an extended time (evening or weekend, for example), I turn it on below 70.

If I'm going to be staying in one spot for a while (watching a movie, grading/planning, etc.), I'll use my oil space heater to warm just the room I'm in rather than the whole house.

But 62 would never fly here!
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:55 PM
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brrrrrrr....

it's set to 65 and has been on and off lately---we've had freezing temps but also almost 70--so unpredictable.

if i'm coldish, but the heat's not on, i'll just plug in my "personal" portable heater. (one of my favorite material possessions)--i didn't put it away last winter until late april!
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Old 10-13-2019, 03:30 PM
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Not me!! I love it cooler!! Nothing better than cuddling up under a big blanket! I would choose being cool over being hot any day!
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Old 10-13-2019, 03:35 PM
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The heat has been on here! The low was in the 40s and the high around 78. I'd rather just put on a sweater but hubby does not like it cold! Thus, the heat battle begins
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Old 10-13-2019, 03:50 PM
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Mine comes on early in the morning these days, but thatís about it. Thermostat is set at 65. I start using the pellet stove when it gets below 35 or so at night. It keeps the house pretty cozy and the heat rarely comes on unless the fire goes out.
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Old 10-13-2019, 04:16 PM
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No heat here. I love when it gets cold enough to need a turtleneck and sweatshirt. My house is at that "in between" temp right now. I'm a little chilly without a sweatshirt, but too hot if I put one on. Plus, I really like it cooler when I'm sleeping - love to pile on the quilts.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:32 PM
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Nope. Not yet. It is in the 50ís at night but we use our gas fireplace and that is fine in the evenings. Days are more like 65 so no problem. We are out and about most days anyway.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:49 PM
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I decided to see how I felt without it on, and with a blanket, I'm just fine, so I am going to leave it off a little longer.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:33 PM
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It has been around 80į until today, so there is still ambient warmth in the house. We keep the heat on 62į in winter, so we are still perfectly fine. DSS is here for a few days, and he is wearing a sweatshirt and just asked if we still had the small heater.
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:18 PM
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I turned it on yesterday morning when it was 59 in the house. I set it to 65. Once it hit 65 yesterday it didnít kick back on until this morning. Then it ran for only a few minutes. I had the windows and back door open today. I hope I donít have to use the heater again for awhile.
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:44 PM
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I don't know. I would say turn it on if you cannot get comfortable with warm jammies and your blankets. We live on the NE coast of FL so typically don't need until mid November at the earliest. Our typical turn the heat on outdoor temperature is 40 or below. We never put it higher than about 66.

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Old 10-13-2019, 09:56 PM
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I live in two states right now. Here I haven't had it on yet. The other place I've been turning it on to 62 and it comes on overnight for a while. It still warms up throughout the day, but that morning chill was getting too much! I'm guessing by the time I go back in two weeks I'll have to have it up or it would just stay 62 all day. Funny thing is that it's warmer there than here - but it gets colder at night!
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:59 AM
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I try not to do heat unless the indoor temp drops below 60 degrees. I hate it being hot, and prefer just curling up in a blanket.
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Old 10-14-2019, 04:21 AM
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I'm in S. California and only that very first week that it became fall was cool. The weeks after that have been as hot as ever, so if it's a little cold in the morning, I'll turn on the heat to take the chill out of the air for only about 20-30 min and that's it.
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:26 AM
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It is unseasonably cold here- snowed this weekend. I don't care what the calendar says - if it is snowing, the heat goes on! (I couldn't survive 62 all day - I definitely would have it up to at least 68!).
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:19 AM
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Well, we lived in this house for 2 years before we found out that the heater wasn't even hooked up! So I'm the wrong person to ask.
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