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Old 10-04-2018, 06:10 PM   #16
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I turn it on when it gets to around 65 inside. It was on Sunday morning .
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We never turn our heat on until at least November 1 unless the outside temperatures stay below freezing for more than 24 hours. Once we turn the heat on, the main part of house is set at around 68 degrees and the bedroom is kept at about 64 degrees. We are not big fans of the heat.
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:49 PM   #18
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If I had my way, it wouldn't be until we were COLD. However, just like he likes the house cold in summer, DH loves it warm in winter. Summer, I'm huddling under blankets and winter I'm running about in my shorts. It'll be on before the end of the month. Although lately, the temps are pretty warm around here.
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:23 PM   #19
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We have a technologically advanced thermostat that automatically turns on the air conditioning or furnace to the desired temperature. In the colder months the furnace is set at 70 and at night it's at 65.
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If I had my way, it wouldn't be until we were COLD. However, just like he likes the house cold in summer, DH loves it warm in winter. Summer, I'm huddling under blankets and winter I'm running about in my shorts. It'll be on before the end of the month. Although lately, the temps are pretty warm around here.
My husband would do the same thing, if it weren't for the electric bill. I can never understand why a person wants to FREEZE just because it's hot outside!
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It truly depends as Western PA weather is always in flux. There was a day a month or so ago when we woke up that it was 68 in the house and with a mom that is 72 and a toddler that was not good. Two days later and we were back to AC. Normally it is when the nights are consistently below 60 so usually by end of October. We have electric heat in our addition so that is a quick fix but for the main part we need to flip the switch. In my room (direct route from furnace) I have been known to shut my register and run my room AC unit in the dead of winter. Lol

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We have already had snow in the upper part of the state and have had 40 degree temps in the lower part so the furnace has already been on,
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Our furnace is on all year long but that's because we use it to heat our water as well as heat the house. We keep the thermostat set to 70 all year long so obviously the heat doesn't come on anytime inside the house is over that but there have been a few nights here and there that it's come on already.
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