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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 06:50 PM
Those who are running AC, wondering what you keep your temp at? Last few years we were doing 74, but recently set at 75 and still feels quite comfortable inside with temps outside in mid 80s.
 
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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 06:57 PM
We go for 70 in the front part of the house and 71 in the back part. As hot as it has been around here lately that's the only temperature that will keep things cooled off. Spring and Fall we just use ceiling fans.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 07:10 PM
I like it cooler - 71, 72

My house was built 12-13 years ago, and of course the builder put in the cheapest "contractor grade" HVAC units they could which would accomodate the square footage. There's two systems - upstairs and downstairs.

I've since replaced both with much better, bigger, and more efficient units. What a difference! Used to be it would take till 10-11 at night before the upstairs would catch up and cool down after a typical 95 degree summer day we get in Charlotte. Now, if I'm set at 72 upstairs, it never gets more than +2 degrees up there, even on the hottest days.

And the costs to run have come down with the higher efficiency units. I'm cooling about 3,800 sq.ft. (with about 20% of that two stories tall) for about $225/mth during the summer. And with a hybrid gas/electric heat pump, my gas bill almost never goes beyond $100/mth in winter (I have gas hot water and a gas range too). The replacement costs of the two units are something I'll never fully get back, but the performance (and a 10 year warrenty on both) have really been improved over the old system.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 07:49 PM
We get alot of afternoon sun, so keeping our blinds closed late afternoon helps. We spend most of our time in the basement which is the coldest part of the house in the summer and the warmest in the winter. The main floor of the house stays comfortable, but our upstairs gets pretty hot. Seems like they are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Our HVAC system just doesn't flow good up there and I've never wanted to crank the thermostat to try and reach the bedrooms. The rest of the house would be freezing just to make it comfortable up there.
 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 08:14 PM
I SET IT AT 78 DURING THE DAY AND 81 @ NIGHT, RUNS MY ELECT. BILL UP TO $68-72 A MONTH. ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF BEING BORN A CRACKER....

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 08:24 PM
IT'S CALLED OCEAN BREEZES WITH FANS.....IT'S ROUGH BUT SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT....

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 08:44 PM
Around 76-77 in Philly.
 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 08:45 PM
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IT'S CALLED OCEAN BREEZES WITH FANS.....IT'S ROUGH BUT SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT....

Please stop shouting.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 10:17 PM
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We get alot of afternoon sun, so keeping our blinds closed late afternoon helps.
I've got the same problem on the west side of the house. My office windows face that direction, and for the next two+ months, it'll be a little warm in my office between 3 & 6.

I was talking to a consultant I do some work with who lives in Phoenix. He mentioned that most places out there put extra coatings on the windows to reflect more of the light, cut the UV, and help keep the heat from building in the first place. I've thought about trying that on some of my east, south, and west windows. I've got something on the order of 40+ windows in this house, so it could make a difference.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2009 at 11:12 PM
78 - some parts of the house get too cold, others not cold enough .... lots of ceiling fans....

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 06:13 AM
Between 78 and 80 here in central VA...

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 06:55 AM
anywhere from 74 to 78... when it is a scorcher week... it stays about 72....

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 07:35 AM
We get lots of sun on the back of the house, so I try to keep it 75 during the day, but at night I need it colder, so go down to 71 or 72 usually.
 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 08:21 AM
oh no...water spout turned into tornado warning here at melborne beach! SURFS UP!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 08:31 AM
WHEW!THAT WAS CLOSE...JUST HIGH WINDS AS IT MOVES LANDWARD....THAT OUGHT TO COOL THINGS OFF

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 11:47 AM
78 during the day,79 at night here in sunny central FL.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 12:07 PM
72 in the daytime. 68-70 at night. I is a caveman.

My wife and daughter watch TV under blankets, but it's very comfy...

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 12:26 PM
Well, my central air has been broken for a couple of years so I'm not even sure what the thermostat is set to but I do currently have a window AC running and set around 72 for Lola.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 01:31 PM
here in jersey, i've put on the AC twice in all of une. twice! that's amazing. what weather we've had.

come july, we'll cool the house around 74 and with ceiling fans going as well.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 08:00 PM
It was 110 here yesterday, I keep it at 75-76 degrees and its perfect for us.
 

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  posted on 6/25/2009 at 08:13 PM

75 until it's time to hit the sack, then 72.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 07:38 AM
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It was 110 here yesterday, I keep it at 75-76 degrees and its perfect for us.


110, to hell with that! I live in Ohio and get mad when it hits 80!

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 10:58 AM
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110, to hell with that! I live in Ohio and get mad when it hits 80!
But its a "DRY" heat.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 11:05 AM
We don't have an air conditioner. But our geothermal unit is set at 75 in the summer and 68 in the winter....

75 isn't bad. It takes out the humidity and when it's 80s and 90s outside, it feels pretty good to walk into....

 

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  posted on 6/26/2009 at 11:35 AM
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Between 78 and 80 here in central VA...


Me too - in Northwest Virginia.

At least that's when I get home and turn it back up from the 70 or so my wife and kids would like me to pay for....

Another thing - basement is almost finished - even without heat or air conditioning it stays between 65 and 70 all year long with low enough humidity.
I might move us all underground....

 
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