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what temperature is your house?

pierre_pierre
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what temperature is your house?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12606943
Living room temperatures
    * 18-21C - comfortable temperature
    * 9-12 or 24+C: Risk of stroke and heart attack
    * 21-24C or 16-18C - some discomfort
    * 12-16C - risk of respiratory disease
    * Less than 9C - risk of hypothermia
    * Source: Study by housing expert Richard Moore
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And, most immediate to personal comfort, should the average indoor temperature of British houses continue to rise, stay roughly the same at 17.5C (63.5F), or fall?
Dropping it to 16C - the lowest setting in this virtual world - only shaves 7% off carbon emissions. Even if we all get in the habit of wearing woollies inside, this will still feel chillier than usual to most people.


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Re: what temperature is your house?

I try to keep my house at a constant 18 degrees, although the thermostat is in the living room (along with a slew of computing kit you may be surprised to hear of Tongue), which generally means my living room is 18 degrees and the rest of the house is a tomb.
Which is just how I like it Tongue
B.
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Re: what temperature is your house?

Sitting here at my computer in my home office (fair bit of electronic kit). Thermometer on the wall says 18C. (3C outside.)
Wearing a (cotton, cricket-style) jumper over my shirt and feel comfortable.
Radiator feels cold so the heating hasn't triggered recently.
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Re: what temperature is your house?

Well all my radiators are on separate TRV's so temp varies. In the computer room it is normally about 18deg, rest of house is between 12-18 unless the heating is on then it is 16-20. Heating not on till 17:00 normally unless it is really cold - got to save some money somewhere  Cheesy
Denzil
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Re: what temperature is your house?

If I want heat I have to light a fire in the woodburner (although there is a wall heater in the bathroom). I only do this of an evening, and if I am out I don't at all. Consequently the house is often a bit cold. It is built of granite, though, which doesn't insulate well but holds a lot of heat, so it doesn't generally drop below 12C even in the coldest weather.
itsme
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Re: what temperature is your house?

Following on from a posting a couple of months ago about having the heating on 24/7 I purchased a programmable roomstat from ebay for £15. So now my heating is on 24/7. The roomstat is a 5+1+1 (Mon to Fri +Sat +Sun) each day(s) has 4 time/temperature periods. As an example the default settings for Mon to Fri are:
06:00 to 08:00 = 21C
08:00 to 18:00 =16C
18:00 to 22:00 =21C
22:00 to 06:00 =16C
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Re: what temperature is your house?

Front room 22 C.  Rest of house 18-20C
Problem is that my wife feels the cold and finds this temperature ideal but for me it's a bit to hot, so we both end up altering the thermostat several times a day.
One problem with being to hot is that it makes me feel sleepy, not really a problem until bedtime when you can't sleep because the temperature in the bedroom is much lower.
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Re: what temperature is your house?

18.2 C in the living room with 50% humidity
2.8 C outside with 85% humidity.
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Ellis
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Re: what temperature is your house?

I used to have a propane boiler and it was expensive. I checked the electric and gas bills for 2008/9 and it was a total of over £1500. In 2009 I decided to do away with the propane gas boiler and go all electric. The cost of electric in 2009/10 was less than £1000. Instead of the boiler we now have convector heaters and oil filled radiators which are thermostatically controlled and only heat the rooms we are using. My radio controlled clock which shows the room temperature in my office is reading 18.9C with no heater on. The lounge thermometer is showing 22C with one oil filled radiator on (2000watts). In times of severe weather we also have a wood fire in the lounge. If we are out for a time, heating is off and we use fan heaters to quickly raise the temperature when we return.
Going all electric was a good move (much more controllable). We are both over 80.