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Old 04-23-2014, 05:15 PM   #21
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We hardly ever run our central air--will turn it on, to 78 degrees, if the house goes over 80 degrees and the forecast is for mid 80s or higher. We never run it at night; using a window and ceiling fan in the bedroom keeps it cool.

This winter we kept our house at 70 or so until we went to bed, a good 5 degrees higher than the last several years, but took it down to 66 at night. The weather was just so depressing that it meant a lot to be in a cozy house and not to be wearing three layers inside. And mild hypothermia is just no fun.

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Old 04-23-2014, 05:22 PM   #22
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One of the few things we don't scrimp on is heat in the winter. 78F pretty much year round.

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Winter,,day 70 - 72, night 65

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Winter: 60F day, 50F night
Summer: Window A/C at 80F if it starts bothering me, night: window fan in bedroom
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In winter, I can add more layers or blankets, and prefer it cool at night.

In summer, the overnight lows are often high 80s, or worse, so a bit before bedtime the a/c kicks on. Even though the outside air temp is that high, without the sun beating down, the house cools from 77 to 72 relatively quickly, and when the thermostat resets to daytime temp again, it's usually midday or so before the a/c has to start working again.

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In the winter, we program the thermostat for 68 when we are home morning and evening, and for 59 at nights and when we are at w*rk during the day.

In the summer, we have only a small window AC in the bedroom for sleeping, which we usually set to about 66 on an as needed basis. The rest of the house is at ambient outside temperature. We really only need the AC for 2-3 weeks in late July and early August.
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I set it to 70F all year round and never change it (in KSA).
When it is hot outside it feels cool, when it is cool outside it feels warm.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #28
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The thermostat in the low-desert home is set to 78F in the summer, 68F in the winter.

The thermostat in the high-country home is set to 45F year round, which means the heat pump runs intermittently in the winter, and the AC never runs in the summer. Diurnal temperature swing is 60F/85F in the summer, and 45F/70F in the winter with passive solar heating.
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Summer - off
Winter - 58 (day) 52 (night)

That runs me about $4/day to heat the place, cook food, and heat the water using natural gas.

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