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    How Cool Do You Keep Your House?

    I read this and thought...I would never be able to sleep comfortably at 82 degrees. I like to have a slight amount of cover weight on me during the summer but I also like cool air around my face and shoulders. Usually, the air in the bedroom goes on around 6pm and goes off around 9:30pm when the mid-90 temps drop to the mid-70's and we open our sliding glass door.

    So...how cool do you keep your home during the day and at night?

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    When I lived in Florida we kept the house 80 in the daytime and 76 at night.
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    I keep it around 72.
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    Whatever temperature it is with the windows open and a couple of ceiling fans going. We run a swamp cooler when it's pretty hot but just in the living room/foyer area. We have a box fan run all night in the bedroom all year round because Mr. Snaps is a noisy sleeper.

    We have air conditioning but never use it.

    I just looked - it is apparently 78 degrees in the house but it was hot today (in the 90s).
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    75° 24/7, here in subtropical Fl. In NY it was 72° in the summer, 68(D)/64(N) in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    When I lived in Florida we kept the house 80 in the daytime and 76 at night.
    76 or 75 depending on the sunlight since my bedroom is warmer than the rest of the house. I turn it up to 80 when I'm going to be gone most of the day.
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    Dunno. Just leave it the same summer. Just change to heat for winter. Whatever keeps me warm.

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    Thermostat is set to 77° in the summer, but it's right next to the intake and I think it skews the reading. In the rest of the house it's anywhere from 75° (living room) to 79° (my room).

    I can't imagine what it's like to live somewhere where you can go without A/C in the summer. The humidity here is 93% right now and the heat index two days ago was… 118° or thereabouts.
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    So far this year, we've had about 2 weeks (aggregate, not continuous) when we used the little portable to dehumidify and pull the temp down to about 76. Mostly, it stays between 67 and 76 on its own.
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    From Tom:

    I can't imagine what it's like to live somewhere where you can go without A/C in the summer. The humidity here is 93% right now and the heat index two days ago was… 118° or thereabouts.
    It's pretty sweet although many out here now demand AC, consider swamp coolers to be for 'poor people', and never open windows.

    There are hot areas out here. The southern part of the Eastern Slope flat, the Eastern plains, and parts of the Western Slope all can get hot and stay hot. There's no humidity issue near the Rockies (even the flat is too high for that) but humidity can get bad deep into the Eastern plains. Anything in the foothills or within about 30 miles will experience a sharp drop in temperature as soon as the sun goes down. High up it can and does drop to near freezing temps in July at night.

    It's worth noting that people in 1870 lived pretty much everywhere people do today (maybe not in such large numbers) from the tippy part of Maine down to the Gulf and from San Diego to D.C. They lived, farmed, did what we consider hard labor, built towns and conducted business all without air conditioning or much in the way of effective heating.

    They built their homes to take advantage of cross breezes or winter sun, dressed differently for the seasons, used fans or sweaters or seasonal sleeping arrangements to cope, and changed their habits with the seasons.

    We don't do much of that now.
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