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Indoor Temperature
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buck    Posted 01-31-2004 at 09:45:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Little battery powered temperature gismo said it got down to +7 last night and I got to thinking that there may have been some folks that got cold in their homes last night. I just set the heater at 74 and let it be untill spring. Now for you folks in colder areas what do you do? Does your heat source maintain 74 or do yo have to settle for less or do you just heat portions of the home. Are homes built to maintain 74 in those -40 degree temps. I see on the weather channel. I remember one year in Richmond Va. it got down to 0 and that caused all kind of problems. Anyway I hope you folks are not having too hard a time in this cold.

Ranchocalypso    Posted 02-01-2004 at 04:40:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our earthship here in Colorado stays around 67 F most of the time. Our heating bill is 0. We don't use any heat as it never gets below -10 F more than once or twice a year. We do have a pipe that freezes up when it gets down to -10 every now and again. Plan on fixing this in the Spring this year ;-) We have about 8 inches of new snow this morning and it is still coming down - 66 F in here until daylight. We have 2100 sq.' and 26" thick walls with lots of windows.

cowlady    Posted 01-31-2004 at 13:45:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
If anyone was skeptical about a log house it was me, when cowman decided that's what we were going to build. But I have to say the temp stays consistant. We leave it at 68, and it doesn't vary with the outside temp. It seems to feel warm. Obviously I'm no engineer ;-) but I wonder if the logs hold the heat somehow. We've never used the air conditioner either, as it stays cool in the summer.

Probably living in the woods has something to do with it. The west wind is blocked by trees and we get a nice warm sun from SE.

What I miss most about old farm house...Backing my behind up to the wood burner, having a bathroom temp of about 104, hanging towels and mittens on the line over the heater in the kitchen, and the warm spot to raise bread.

I don't miss...frost on the bed posts and brown and tan linoleum!

Jimp Co    Posted 02-02-2004 at 13:20:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought you lived out east off of 94. Guess I'm wrong if you have a log house. I built one in Black Forest 6 yrs back. You mentioned pines,, are you in the forest too?

PatM    Posted 01-31-2004 at 15:15:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those logs do hold the heat! A few years ago the fed's tested some buildings, log, 2X6 insulated wall, and a 2X4 unsulted wall building. Everything was as even as possible. The log outperformed the others!.

We're in log house that I did most of the work on. We went with radiant floor heat, propane fired hot water. I can always tell when it's really cold out, the floor is warm when I get out of bed!

I hope the link works.

My Log House a couple years ago

cowlady    Posted 02-01-2004 at 15:52:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Beautiful Pat! I am jealous of your radiant floor heat! (and your view!)

~Lenore    Posted 01-31-2004 at 17:23:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really neat looking place, Pat.
I now think I want a red tin roof when I replace my roof next year!
I love that red roof.

deadcarp    Posted 01-31-2004 at 11:38:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
for those nice modern houses with 8" insulated walls and 16" insulated ceilings or if you feel compelled to waste your money on imported fuel, you can have pretty much any temp you want. the other 90% of us wander around between 60-70 degrees if we're lucky. and ambitious enough to stoke on schedule. our cabin got down to 50 a few nites. our newly-enclosed sun porch has lotsa windows so it was 10 in there this morning. 20 below outside.

et    Posted 01-31-2004 at 11:32:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
73 during the day, let it go down at night. It is 10 degrees here at 3pm in warm Va.

Jon(WI)    Posted 01-31-2004 at 11:09:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Central WI. we are very comfortable with an inside temp of 68 to 70. At night we lower it to around 60. We like it cold while sleeping. It depends on what your body is use to. Our 5yr. old pulse furnace could put it up to 80 at -20 outside but this is unnecessary. When a brother-in-law visits from Florida, we jack it up to about 75 or the wimp complains.

bob ny    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:59:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
when it gets below zero the house will maintain 68 but we have wood fired supplement heat for lounging around evenings. the fire glowing into the room is pleasant and sometimes too hot i quess people learn to adjust to the weather. i could not exist in 90 degree heat nite and day

Battleborn    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
74? I'd go broke LOL
65, and if We want it warmer we stoke the stove.
The other Paul.

Les    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:27:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine stays at 70 all the time but it does get colder around the edges when it's like it was a couple weeks ago when we had our worst cold here in New England.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:07:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the worry...

I have a main salt-box that was built into the hill a bit and is pretty tight...The rest of the house (and we are talking small) is two addition hung off the main box...The additions are not tight in the least...I have to add plstic to the windows and even with that there is no insulation of any kind in the walls or roof...I burn wood in this section of the house and the temp can fluctuate drastically if I am not here to stoke the fire...Most of the time I am here though and I do not venture far from November to May anyway...Course...I don't get much sleep from November to May either though...

SO if I am a bit cramky, well EXCUUUSSSEEE MEEEEEE....


Dieselrider    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remind us when May gets here so we will notice the "less cranky-more mellow" you. Lol.

LOL    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:48:42       [Reply]  [No Email]


BOSS    Posted 01-31-2004 at 10:04:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are in west Michigan, it does get alittle cold here, but we keep it at 73-75 all the time. I do heat with a outdoor wood boiler, so its not a problem keeping that temp. We do have to tell people before they come over to wear T-shirts or something thats cool, because we run around in shorts and T-shirts all winter.

paul    Posted 01-31-2004 at 09:58:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the last month it has been as warm as 50 and down to -11 last night(east central iowa), temp in the house has been 67-71. same thing in the summer also only around a 5 degree swing hot to cold.
I have a ground source heat pump (cost me $50 last month to heat for the electricity, $35 more to have natural gas for the fireplace, $15 of that is to have the privelage of having gas)
I have 2200 sq ft finished main level and full basement (1/2 finished)

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