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Offline Tim A  
#1 Posted : 04 May 2022 13:54:19(UTC)
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What temperature are people's houses at the moment and do you still have the heating on?

 

My thermostat used to be set at 20c, but have been trying to get away with 17-18c , the last few weeks. 

This still requires the heating on a couple of times a day at the moment. Spent £6.80 on gas this month which includes a bit for hot water through the Combi boiler. 

 

Currently 17.8c in the house.  Seems to sustain at this temperature around the middle of the day with a couple of people around the house,  no heating and outside temps of 11-15c, just the evenings and mornings that heating is required at present.  With any luck some warmer weather in the next few days will reduce gas usage further. 

 

 

 

 

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Offline Hungry Tiger  
#2 Posted : 04 May 2022 14:14:15(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tim A Go to Quoted Post

What temperature are people's houses at the moment and do you still have the heating on?

 

My thermostat used to be set at 20c, but have been trying to get away with 17-18c , the last few weeks. 

This still requires the heating on a couple of times a day at the moment. Spent £6.80 on gas this month which includes a bit for hot water through the Combi boiler. 

 

Currently 17.8c in the house.  Seems to sustain at this temperature around the middle of the day with a couple of people around the house,  no heating and outside temps of 11-15c, just the evenings and mornings that heating is required at present.  With any luck some warmer weather in the next few days will reduce gas usage further. 

 

 

 

 

Still got aga on a low setting - to give background heat. My house is very old solid walls no cavity etc. So it gets cold easily.

Would love to put heating off totally - but my elderly mother feels the cold even worse than I do.

Waiting for the warmer weather to kick in.

 

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Offline JOHN NI  
#3 Posted : 04 May 2022 14:37:05(UTC)
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About 18C by day indoors - which is tolerable when the sun is shining on the back of the house.
Morning boost of about 45 minutes and evenings still require about 50 minutes of heat just to take the chill off. In total though - now down to less than two hours per day for heat. Hoping to switch to hot water only mode from next week which would cut the 'on' to 45 minutes.

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Offline ARTzeman  
#4 Posted : 04 May 2022 15:24:02(UTC)
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22.0c. Sun shines through the lounge windows. Always stops the heating coming on for the rest of the bungalow.

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Offline Jiries  
#5 Posted : 04 May 2022 20:33:01(UTC)
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Around 17-18C which is well below for April and May so far which normally should be in low 20's by now without heating.  I went to my neigbhour house who living room is very warm due to conservatory facing south which our garden faces south.  He used it to warm the house so I am thinking to install it next year as the conservatory can reach over 25C even in cloudy weather to over 40C so will see how it goes.  If reach 25c that will give our open plan living room boost to 22-23C, and at 30-35C will be 26-28C and during heatwaves when it over 40C will give indoor well over 30C but will not let it happen as will open windows and doors during 30C outside days.  Hope that will reduce the gas heating a lot more next year of conservatory can do the job.  You can notice the car is very warm even if 12C and cloudy outside so same thing to it.  I notice if you use heating for 1 hour or 2 hours it shot up to £3.  

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#6 Posted : 04 May 2022 21:11:08(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Jiries Go to Quoted Post

Around 17-18C which is well below for April and May so far which normally should be in low 20's by now without heating.  I went to my neigbhour house who living room is very warm due to conservatory facing south which our garden faces south.  He used it to warm the house so I am thinking to install it next year as the conservatory can reach over 25C even in cloudy weather to over 40C so will see how it goes.  If reach 25c that will give our open plan living room boost to 22-23C, and at 30-35C will be 26-28C and during heatwaves when it over 40C will give indoor well over 30C but will not let it happen as will open windows and doors during 30C outside days.  Hope that will reduce the gas heating a lot more next year of conservatory can do the job.  You can notice the car is very warm even if 12C and cloudy outside so same thing to it.  I notice if you use heating for 1 hour or 2 hours it shot up to £3.  

Surely in the winter a conservatory will cool down the rest of the house unless you plan to have insulated doors to it which you keep shut?  

Didn't you also move from the SE to Midlands, so you will be hearing the house by more than you used to? 

Tim

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#7 Posted : 04 May 2022 21:14:03(UTC)
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I was speaking to someone from Brisbane and they were adamant they needed heating in their house in winter. Looking at average temps, seems the coldest months are Max22c/Min10c, so not sure why there would be the need for heating, the same as a Southern England summer. Maybe the houses are poorly insulated.
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Offline DEW  
#8 Posted : 05 May 2022 06:18:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tim A Go to Quoted Post

 

Surely in the winter a conservatory will cool down the rest of the house unless you plan to have insulated doors to it which you keep shut?  

Didn't you also move from the SE to Midlands, so you will be hearing the house by more than you used to? 

My experience with a south facing conservatory is that on sunny days in winter it will add some heat to the house if you leave the internal door open, not a lot if it's frosty outside, but on cloudy days it's definitely best to keep that door shut. 

In summer you have the opposite problem if you have plants in the conservatory; it gets too hot if you don't leave the external door open, and even with blinds there is a problem in really hot sunny weather.

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Offline Essan  
#9 Posted : 05 May 2022 12:02:53(UTC)
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Not had any heating on since March.    May come on again in November ....

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Offline Hungry Tiger  
#10 Posted : 05 May 2022 13:45:33(UTC)
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Not had any heating on since March.    May come on again in November ....

You're lucky or either very tough.

Having just seen some of the forecasts -  looks like I can finally put my aga off totally tomorrow.

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Offline Hippydave  
#11 Posted : 05 May 2022 14:53:17(UTC)
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We've been wobbling around 16-17c in the mornings and 18-19c peak temp mid afternoon. Heating has been off for weeks now although I have got the woodburner going for a couple of hours on 2-3 occasions just to raise temps a bit when they've stayed a bit too low. Main thing here is sunshine amounts - if it's sunny for a few hours the house is fine, persistent cloudy and cool weather and it can be a bit cold when I'm working from home and not moving about much. We're sort of East facing at the back and West at the front so not the warmest house, which TBH I prefer as helps a bit with the summer heat.

Longer term outlook suggests I'll be needing to try and cool the house rather than warm it from here on in. I imagine that'll be the case now until mid to late October

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#12 Posted : 06 May 2022 13:38:53(UTC)
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Just turned off my heating completely today.

 

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#13 Posted : 06 May 2022 15:43:14(UTC)
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It's finally a comfortable temperature for desk working in our dining room. I'm usually in the loft but my wife has commandeered that room for the moment!

Our house is south west facing at the back but is a narrow terraced house which means that we don't get a huge amount of direct sunlight downstairs, except for the kitchen. Upstairs gets a lot more and so there is a big temperature range in the summer - along with the inevitable heat rising from bottom to top. 

Today, the outside temperature has been high enough to open doors and windows which has pushed downstairs up to 20.5C . These days I find anything below about 19C feels cold after a few hours. Totally different of course at weekends when we tend to be much more active.

Heating is still on in the evening but only set to 20C so hopefully won't kick in tonight and I expect we'll switch it off soon.

 

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Online Retron  
#14 Posted : 06 May 2022 15:56:57(UTC)
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28.1C upstairs but a much more pleasant 19.0C downstairs. All windows firmly closed apart from one of the back bedroom windows - as that's where the a/c exhaust hose goes.

24C outside and next to no wind, more like an August day than an early May one.

Offline Tim A  
#15 Posted : 06 May 2022 16:44:58(UTC)
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In contrast here, we are down to 17.3c inside and 13.4c outside with rain after a high of 15.6c. Heating not been on since Wednesday but reckon I will have to put it on for a bit when my wife comes home.
Tim

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Offline Jiries  
#16 Posted : 06 May 2022 18:52:08(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tim A Go to Quoted Post
I was speaking to someone from Brisbane and they were adamant they needed heating in their house in winter. Looking at average temps, seems the coldest months are Max22c/Min10c, so not sure why there would be the need for heating, the same as a Southern England summer. Maybe the houses are poorly insulated.

That could be the reason as living in Cyprus in winter was really horror time to live, even if outside Nicosia average is 15-16C inside are the same and sometimes colder than outside.  We had to rely on the sunlight to warm up a bit when open the shutters but get stone cold in the evenings.  We have central heating but never go more than 17C inside, mostly 14-16C and drop to 9C if outside -2C which happened in my bedroom when i got up with breath mist coming out.  My mother saw once drop to 5C in the large living room when outside was -3C and forced them to use the gas cooker on to heat up the kitchen as our heaters was very weak.  

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#17 Posted : 07 May 2022 03:59:04(UTC)
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That was a warm night!

It's 22C upstairs (the a/c got it down to 20C in the evening in my bedroom, but I turned it off when I went to bed), 18.5C downstairs.

12.7C outside and no wind... just like a summer night, really.

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#18 Posted : 07 May 2022 12:18:35(UTC)
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23.0c on Hallway Barometer. 22c in bedroom thermometer. 

22c. On-wall thermostat. 22.9c on wireless weather forecaster. 

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#19 Posted : 07 May 2022 14:55:41(UTC)
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I think I turned mine on maybe once or twice since the start of April and it was off for a big slice of Feb and March aswell. I benefit massively when the sun is shining due to an abundance of South facing windowage plus I've been toughened up by many years living in a cold and poorly insulated flat before finally moving last year. As a result I now actually prefer a slightly cooler house
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#20 Posted : 07 May 2022 17:46:28(UTC)
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21.4 upstairs and 20.0 exactly downstairs - and that's with a breeze and the windows open all day. Yesterday's warmth took quite a while to ebb away!

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