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06:53 pm - Air-Conditioning
When I was younger, I prided myself on energy conservation. During air-conditioning season I set my thermostat at 79 degrees (Fahrenheit), and indeed wasn't all that uncomfortable. (At least, so I remember.)

Now that I am older, I have accustomed myself to a thermostat set at 78, and find myself yearning for just a degree or two cooler. Alas, today it has been So Hot Outside that I kicked the A-C back up to 79 in a vain attempt to let the poor rumbling heat-pump rest. And I am finding 79 just a little uncomfortable.

How can one degree make a difference? But it seems to.

(Meanwhile, visiting my brother who keeps his house at 70 in the summer, I needed a sweatshirt.)

The rainy season is in full swing (although we've had no rain today, curse it), which means the humidity level is unbelievably high. Master Danger and I practically swim through our morning walks, the air is so thick with moisture, and the overnight temperature rarely drops below 73 or 74. Again, you'd think a few degrees wouldn't matter, but o the difference in comfort between 70 and 74 of a morning.

Where do you like your summer indoor temperature? Does it matter much to you?

Cheers, and may your summer weather indoor or out be delightful.

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From:rahirah
Date:June 28th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
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We have ours set to 80 during the day, and 76 at night (I think; it might be 74.) 70 seems downright chilly to me; they keep the office at about that temperature, and I have to wear a jacket to be comfortable. It would be different if I were moving around a lot, but just sitting at a desk, brrr.

Of course, I like to keep it around 80 in the winter, too, so that uses up a little of the energy savings!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
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I find anything under 74 in the summer too chilly, yes. And sweaters and jackets would DEFINITELY be in order then!

Hee for your winter temp. I muddle along between 67 and 69, and feel the cold. ;)
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:June 28th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
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78 is our standard, but I have to admit there are days when I have to push it down for an hour or so...I think I'm well past hot flashes, but still, there are days...!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
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There are ABSOLUTELY days. I hear you. :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 29th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
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I try for 78, but sometimes I prefer 76 or 77! At least we don't have to deal with as much humidity.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
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Yes, it's much nicer in desert-dry. [nods]

Hugs hugs!
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From:cindergal
Date:June 29th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
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No need for AC here when it only gets above 75 a few days a year. However, it is odd how the same temperature can require a sweater in winter, but feels too too hot in the summer. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
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Heee -- and yes, I am SO jealous of your weather. A friend of mine recently visited the PNW and said to me afterward, "That's your dream climate." :)

Hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:June 29th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
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If I had a normal house, I'd probably be very happy at 80 or 81. But my 90 year old two-story house with thin old windows and a single AC unit is weird. In the high 90's and low 100's, our typical summer weather, I have to set it at 78, but that means that actually only the tiny stairwell with the thermostat is anywhere near 78. Most of the downstairs feels like 60 (probably is really around 74) and the upstairs is really hot (probably in the mid or higher 80's).

A separate upstairs unit would make it all work the way it should, but the cost of that is beyond my comprehension...

Meanwhile, right now I'm at the beach after a rainstorm, and all the windows and doors are open with cool breezes blowing through--I suspect it's around a real 79, and it's heaven.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)

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Oh, temperature zones are a whole other discussion!

My house, set at 78, is comfortable in the living room and study, thanks to oscillating fans and more space. The bedrooms are inevitably 79 or 80, which is less pleasing to me.

I envy your breezes! I'm inland, and during this morning's walk the air hung heavy and still and oppressive.

Cheers for your beach days!
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From:wildrider
Date:June 29th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
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What Barb said -- and it's 77 at night (but largely because our bedroom is the hottest room in the house, and needs the extra push to cool it down).

It was "only" around 101 today, and I was dying every time I left the house (or any other building).

I don't know how I manage to get through the summers...
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC)
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The bedrooms in my house also stay hotter. I really need to buy new windows....

And I so sympathize with your summer blues. On this morning's walk I was wondering how I was going to make it through the heat.

Hugs!
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From:anne_d
Date:June 29th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
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I was keeping our ac at 80 during the day until Emily showed signs of heat exhaustion. It was partially due to her not remembering to stay hydrated, but also because her bedroom gets the worst of the afternoon sun. She was falling asleep in the afternoon and waking dehydrated and nauseated.

I got a thermometer for her room. Now when it approaches 79 in there, we close up the house and run the ac. The hall with the thermostat stays cooler, so I can't go by that. When the temperature drops below 75 in the patio, we open up and run fans the rest of the night. There have been summer nights when it wasn't cool enough to open the windows by midnight, but so far this year, not too many.

No hugs,it's too hot. How about I send you cooling breezes instead?
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
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I sympathize with Emily's woes. My bedroom also runs 79 or 80 while the rest of the house is at 78, and it's a drag. (It's also too humid to open windows here from late May to, er, October.)

Hugs and cool breezes sent back your way!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
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I love it when it's 70 outside! :) And actually, 69-70 is perfect inside in the winter. So I can meet you halfway.... Hee.

As I remarked above, a friend of mine has told me that the PNW would be my dream climate, and she's probably right.

Hugs hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:June 29th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
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I've no idea what the AC is actually set at- it's a window unit that's rigged into the wall and attached to vents, but we've compromised on 77 as the temperature where we are equally uncomfortable. (Theoretically anyway. In real life I sneak in and make it warmer, then he switches it to cooler and then I do warmer, he does cooler and when I write it out in words like that, dear god I wonder how we've managed to live together this long.)

It's rained every day this week- everything's swollen and damp and fungusy. yuck.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
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Heeee. Clearly you've managed to stay together because you have a system! :)

I will say that I am always bitter during the rainy season when it doesn't rain every day. I need that hour of clouds and damp to make the sun tolerable the rest of the day. (I don't like sun in summer. I really don't.)

Hugs hugs!
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From:kathyh
Date:June 29th, 2014 09:58 am (UTC)
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I don't think I would stand a chance living where you do :)

Anything over about 65 at night makes me massively uncomfortable but fortunately I live in cooler climes. Unfortunately, this means that when the temperature does go up uncomfortably we have no air conditioning and just have to sweat it out (literally).

Sends you cooling breezes from across the Atlantic.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
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On the weather page I check online several times a day, I can choose three places in the world for which I'll automatically get the weather update -- and London is one of them. I am often yearning for its climate. ;)

(But not when it's hot there, because I've visited during a July heat wave and OMG so uncomfortable.)

Hugs hugs!
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From:davesmusictank
Date:June 29th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
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I really do not bother much with the temperature as we have winter electric heaters which are turned off for the summer.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
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That sounds so good to me right now. :)
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From:paratti
Date:June 29th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Swelters at both ends of the 70's.

Clings to temperate climate.

Shares cooling breezes.

Also (((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Yes, poor L, you would wilt here indeed for much of the year! Better to stay there for now. (But I hope you do get to travel soon.)

Cheers! Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:July 2nd, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Ours is set to 74 in the day and 68 at night, which is basically just to cool it off enough to get to sleep and then it's still cold out at night mother nature takes over. We're coming up to the 2 weeks of the year we actually need A/C, the rest of the time it's just a luxury.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 2nd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
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It's nice when Mother Nature helps you out! Here in the subtropics, that's mid-October and November, and March and April. ;)

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