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For those with central heating - what's your thermostat set
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What temperature do set your central heating
11 - 14 C
10%
 10%  [ 6 ]
15-17 C
22%
 22%  [ 13 ]
18 - 21C
40%
 40%  [ 24 ]
22+ C
11%
 11%  [ 7 ]
What's central heating?
15%
 15%  [ 9 ]
Total Votes : 59

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JB



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:35 am    Post subject: For those with central heating - what's your thermostat set  Reply with quote    

Just a random poll inspired by the random range of questions asked by various carbon calculators. Specifcally by the range of temperatures they seemed to suggest as reasonable.

If you have and use central heating what temperature do you have the thermostat set at?

(and yes I know we're not exactly a representative sample)

Last edited by JB on Sun Dec 20, 09 10:45 am; edited 1 time in total

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I voted 15 - 17 C but that's not really an accurate reflection of our usage, I tend to manually turn it on when we need a bit of heat and turn if off so it's often turned off when it's under 15 C.

judith



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine is set at 20C.
I don't think the the temperature in the room ever reaches that though!

Bebo



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Main thermostat is on 18. But we have thermostatically controlled radiators in all the rooms except bathrooms and downstairs hallway. The thermostats on the rads are all set to 1 - which is supposed to be sufficient to keep rooms frost free. The rads are therefore generally cold unless the weather turns really bad. We keep the living room warm with a woodburner. The bathrooms being warm is the one luxury that I won't sacrifice - can't stand getting out of a hot shower into the shivering cold.

The new extension we had put on upstairs is fantastically well insulated compared to the rest of the house so we never have the radiator on in our bedroom. It's warm enough just from rising heat from downstairs and by morning it actually gets a bit too warm just from retained body heat.

JB



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I voted 15 - 17 C but that's not really an accurate reflection of our usage, I tend to manually turn it on when we need a bit of heat and turn if off so it's often turned off when it's under 15 C.


Why not set it lower or use a time switch?

Set at 16 C here with timers so it's on for 5 hours a day.

Marionb



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours is set at 18 but the house never reaches that temperature anyway... the sensor thingy is in the hall, I'd be surprised if the temp there ever gets above 13.....

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i don't have a thermostat as such so I can't tell. I have a dial on the boiler to turn up or down. It goes from 1 - 5 and it is on 1/2 so I am guessing at around 19 as that is the temp I have the conservatory heater set at to get it to balance with the rest of the house. However I am lucky in that I seem to have a naturally warm house. It is very rarely cold. the bedrooms are never heated because it becomes too hot. the water tank is between them and heats the rooms wonderfully

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we have indiviually controlled radiators, in the rooms we are not using it is turned down to the lowest setting and in our main rooms the temp is about 16 - 19 at the moment, and the heating is only on for 3 hours a day, we would like it a bit warmer but its fine with a jumper on so we are trying to keep the heating bill down.
We managed a 61% reduction in gas use in november this year and we are gointg to try and keep it down in Dec.
I havr kept a record of gas and electricity use for the last 48 weeks and so farwe are averaging 12.86 units of gas and 84.04 units of electricity including the use of 2 dehydrators at least 12 hours a week.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
I voted 15 - 17 C but that's not really an accurate reflection of our usage, I tend to manually turn it on when we need a bit of heat and turn if off so it's often turned off when it's under 15 C.


Why not set it lower or use a time switch?

Set at 16 C here with timers so it's on for 5 hours a day.


Because we don't really need the same levels of heat at the same times.

judith



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
I voted 15 - 17 C but that's not really an accurate reflection of our usage, I tend to manually turn it on when we need a bit of heat and turn if off so it's often turned off when it's under 15 C.


Why not set it lower or use a time switch?

Set at 16 C here with timers so it's on for 5 hours a day.


Like TD, I spend a lot of time turning the heating and various radiators on and off as I am at home all day, and I need more or less heat at different times according to what I am doing and which room I'm in. If I am moving around a lot, then I don't need it on. If I'm sitting at my desk working then I do, but as that room is a heat trap, I don't need it on for long for it to warm up. If I'm watching TV, then the fire is on and I don't need to heat the rest of the house. Ditto if I'm cooking, etc. etc.
My usage just doesn't fit into neat patterns that can be covered by heating zones and time switches.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Same as Marionb, but at 15.

Gervase



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

TRVs here, which were set to 18, but some elf keeps turning them up full. The sitting room is often too hot for me to stand more than 10 minutes before I melt.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
The sitting room is often too hot for me to stand more than 10 minutes before I melt.


That's because you're covered in goose grease and you've sewn yourself into your full length woollen thermals for the winter dear.

JB



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mary-Jane wrote:
Gervase wrote:
The sitting room is often too hot for me to stand more than 10 minutes before I melt.


That's because you're covered in goose grease and you've sewn yourself into your full length woollen thermals for the winter dear.


Oven ready Gervase?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 09 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I throw on logs until my teeth stop chattering or I can't see my breath so I voted for the last option. I was looking for the thermometer the other day to check the relative temperatures in each room, but no luck.

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