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Old 07-04-11, 03:15 PM   #51
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In the winter ours is about 75 upstairs and 70 downstairs during the day. At night, the inside temperature drops about 15 degrees--sending the downstairs bedroom down to around 55 if we don't use heat. In that bedroom we run a space heater for about an hour to keep from getting too cold. We rarely use the central heat. We did have a terrible cold spell this past year--the worst in 100 years--but it only lasted a few days. It got down to 19 degrees one night. I was glad to know the heat still worked as we had not turned it on in a couple of years. I'm sure we set the thermostat somewhere in the 70's.

In the summer, we don't use the central air until the inside temperature is almost 90. When we use it, we set it at 87. If anyone feels hot they just go outside and water some plants. The 110 makes the 87 feel much better.

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Old 07-05-11, 01:38 AM   #52
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It's 66.4F w/ Humidity: 94 % here this morning (it's 1:36 am).

It was hot earlier today when I set the AC at 75F.
So, now that it's cooler outdoors than indoors, the AC is hardly using any power at all..
The nice part is the indoor humidity is under 50%
It feels like winter in here!!
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Cool to see this thread revived, I'd be interested in a thread for temperature during the summer. Mines all over the place but I stay more comfortable operating the air conditioning in a more humidity-reducing way. I'll post more detail if there is a thread for summer temps.

If my house was subjected to 19 degrees I could still leave my furnace off for multiple days without fear of a pipe bursting. Wouldn't be comfortable but it would work. Mild winter, that would be nice. Don't get me wrong, I'm from Minnesota and I love snow.
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Old 07-07-11, 11:46 PM   #54
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If my house was subjected to 19 degrees I could still leave my furnace off for multiple days without fear of a pipe bursting. Wouldn't be comfortable but it would work.
i was barely even inside the heated house for those three nights-- i was outside trying to save the trees. i sat with my little fire pit apologizing to the tangelo and blood orange trees for the horrendous conditions . it was the first time i had ever tried to build or maintain a fire. you can imagine how good i was at it lol!

i managed to save almost everything except all the veggies and most of my pineapple. the veggies were pretty young so i just replanted but i was pretty upset about the pineapple.
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You might want to plan on doing the same tree rescue this winter too.
Just in case you get another extra cold winter cold snap..

Google news about the "Maunder minimum". We could be looking at a little delay in global warming.

I'm betting New England is going to be seeing deep snow for a few more winters.
Our snow thrower is going to need replacement this fall. It got over-worked the last few years.
I hate to spend money on gas-hog machines. (Well, maybe a motorcycle).



Maybe we can have the Winter Olympics in Boston sometimes?
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Old 07-08-11, 12:43 AM   #56
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yeah, i will definitely be more prepared this time around. i added clay pot irrigation to several trees this year. i plan on lining them with plastic bags and filling them with hot water if it gets cold like that again. i also discovered the rice sock trick the last night of it this year too. i will have rice socks ready to go for sure.

the other thing is i actually own enough blankets now. crazy tree hugger i know!
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Old 07-25-11, 08:54 PM   #57
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Once I wasn't careful and it got up to 79 during the winter Ah...the joys of wood heat. Usually we try to keep it around 75-anymore is a waste of wood. Plus neither of us sleep well when its too warm so we'll usually crack a bedroom window.
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Once I wasn't careful and it got up to 79 during the winter Ah...the joys of wood heat. Usually we try to keep it around 75-anymore is a waste of wood. Plus neither of us sleep well when its too warm so we'll usually crack a bedroom window.
all these winter discussions are so refreshing. i haven't turned off the air conditioner in several days now. it feels so different with the humidity. i just checked the weather. at 10 pm it's still 100 degrees here with 20% humidity.
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...and the Devil said: "...yes, but it's a DRY heat!"
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When I was a little boy living in South Texas, I would wake up on hot dry summer mornings,
and find a coating of dry white power on the inside of my arms at the elbows.
It was salt. I would bush it off and go swimming..

It was so dry most of the time, your sweat would dry up instantly.
I sometimes notice my hat-band was moist and sometimes,
a little sweat on my face while eating Mexican food.

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