How Do You Warm Your Home?

@wolfie34 (26792)
United Kingdom
January 29, 2008 3:52pm CST
When it's cold in your home what do you do to make it warmer for you or for your family? Do you automatically switch on the central heating? Light the gas fire or do you have a lovely log pile fire? How cold does it have to get before you turn the fire on for example? Do you restrict the use of heating because of the cost Do you restrict the use of heating because of the impact it has on the environment and your health? Do you prefer to put on more clothes first or going to bed early? Nice to snuggle up to another person for extra warmth
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Well, I HATE to be cold! lol! We use fuel oil to heat our home...no fireplace or woodstove here. We keep it set at around 68, but sometimes that's just a bit too cool for me. We do wear sweaters or sweatshirts or wrap up in a blanket if we're cold when watching tv. And we the girls and I wear those fuzzy socks. They are very warm and it helps a lot! Fuel oil is very expensive so we try to make it last as long as possible in the winter.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Wow I'm in Florida and had it on 66° last night (it got into the high 30s here). I hate paying a high electric bill.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 08
Ok I'll let you into a secret but don't tell anyone but if it gets too cold wolfie wears socks in bed, but shush now, don't want word getting out! Thanks for your response.
@mummymo (23707)
29 Jan 08
We used to have our central heating all day long but nowadays what with massive rises in energy prices and environmental problems to consider we tend to limit the timer on the heating to about 2 hours in the morning and from 4 til 9 in the evening. We will put it on in between if it is cold but we also ensure that we and the kids wear warm clothes so that we do not have to put on heating while everyone is sitting round dressed for summer. What about you bro how do you keep warm? xxxx
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 08
I have a big cuddly teddy bear called Toby who keeps me warm, but shush, don't tell anyone, don't want my secret getting out I'm a fierce bad wolf and I have my reputation to keep up!!! Seriously we have central heating here xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
30 Jan 08
Awww I am so glad you have Toby - it makes me feel better to know you have a lovely cuddly bear to cuddle up to! If you ever feel the need for more cuddly bears, cats, dogs, dolphins heck you name it virtually any cuddly animals give me a shout - we have literally hundreds here! lol Don't worry though your secret is safe with me, my lips are sealed! xxxx
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@nancyrowina (3850)
29 Jan 08
I live in England it's very cold in the winter here so I have to use some heating, but I prefer to put on layers of clothes and close the curtains and plug up the gaps around doors before I put the heating on, I have home made poncho made from old jeans that keeps the cold out and I recently invested in woolen bed socks that's are great for keeping the feet warm in bed. I have night storage heaters that only come on in the middle of night but have bricks inside that stay hot and give us heat throughout the day. They are quite cheap to run but are not ideal as the way they work means it's always either too hot or too cold very hard to get the balance right.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 08
Snap! I live in England too, so far we've had a mild Winter, it is very very rare to see snow. I actually feel the heat more than the cold.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
29 Jan 08
We're in Florida so central heating... use a heat pump. Very efficient at keeping the temperature at a consistant level (along with a digital thermostat). The only thing I would tell new home buyers with one is the air will feel kinda cold coming out. It has become better but 30 years ago when my parents bought their house it would almost literally come out cold. When I go to bed I turn it down and when I wake up I turn it up. With the digital I can program it but I have been in the habit so long it doesn't ... I don't even bother.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 08
When I think of Florida, I always think that it's permanently hot and there is no need for heating in fact the opposite! Sorry for my ignorance but do you get really cold climates out there too my friend?
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
29 Jan 08
I live in the countrysidein France in an old Farmhouse, so the main heating is Wood Fires, with electric heating supplementing it if the temperture really drops down low. The only problem in the winter with a wood fire is that every day you havethe chore of bringing in the logs andevery week have to put time aside to cut and split the logs up to a suitable size. Next winter we hope to have installed Oil fired Central Heating but the only thing putting me off besides the cost of installation is the rising price of oil.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 08
A wood fire, wow! Sounds great in theory but yes you are right you have to go out and collect the wood, thanks for your response.
@youless (97697)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Feb 08
We live in the south. So usually it won't be so cold in winter. However, this year it is an exception. The lowest temperature is 3 degrees only. Most families don't have any equipments to warm the house. Some have the air-conditioners which can send the warmth.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
31 Jan 08
Well last night I did turn my heat up just a tad because it got very cold. I turned it back down this morning. I also put alot of candles around you wouldnt believe how candles can really warm up a place. Plus I love the smell I use vanilla or something that smells like somethings baking in the oven.LOL Then I get into my bed with my cat Molly. I have 2 cats and Molly wont let Maggie up on the bed. She gets very jeolous she want me all to herself.LOL Yes I know she is spoiled.LOL
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
31 Jan 08
We have a gas furnace that heats up the whole house. We keep it very low at 18 degrees. Down stairs we have electric heat and can control each room seperately. We spend most of our time downstairs including we have our bedroom downstairs. So we mostly keep the downstairs warm. When I am upstairs if I am cold I can just turn on the fireplace which is where I usually sit when I am reading. Or if I am cooking and I get the chills I will turn the gas furnace up a little but then I turn it down again when I go back downstairs. There is no use heating the upstairs very much when you don't spend much time up there.
@honeylore23 (1085)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I am from Philippines, it gets cold here from October to February. When in its cold, all of us at home wear sweater, coz we have nothing here like that you have mentioned. But it does not get very cold here, because there is no snow in Philippines. Aside from wearing sweater, we used to prepare soup to keep our body warm.
@ersmommy1 (12598)
• United States
30 Jan 08
We don't have a gas or log fireplace. We use central heat. We do keep the temp at around 70. Any warmer than that, and my daughters allergies get aggravated. We do put on warmer sweaters and sweatshirts. Seems to work out nicely. My hubby puts out some heat when he sleeps so I have been known to snuggle up close for the heat benefit.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
30 Jan 08
We heat with natural gas, but I wish I had a fireplace to help out. We use that, because it's the cheapest, and burns clean. We keep the temperature pretty low though, I'd rather put on a sweater when I'm cool than turn up the heat.
@anonymili (3138)
30 Jan 08
Nice discussion Wolfie hun. We tend to stick the central heating on generally - we don't have the luxury of a log pile fire, which might be a shame but it also sounds like a lot of hard work LOL! I'm afraid if I feel cold I do tend to stick the heating on first and foremost but I keep the temperature at the minimum, also preferring to stick on an extra layer of clothing. Also it is fun to snuggle up in bed with your partner which I do too! x
@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
30 Jan 08
We have central heat in our Northern IL home. But it's an older home with all brick exterior and very little insulation so it has it's drafty spots. I made a door snake for the front door (an idea from a crafter on a crafting livejournal - not sure if I can find the link still - but I'll look for it) and it really helps keep the cold from coming in under the door. Basically it's just a tube of fabric filled with beans. Since they came out with the Redbox in our area (kiosk that allows you to rent DVD's for $1 a night) we've been doing alot of movie nights. My 10 year old daughter has my taste in films so it's been nice snuggling on the couch under a blanket with her (and the cat) while watching movies. :) Tink
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
30 Jan 08
Last winter during the weekdays I'd have the heat on but only set at 65 or so which would drive my husband crazy cause he knew i was cold BUT with the cost of natural gas IMO it was necessary..I own slippers and sweaters and we have blankets so it wastn a big deal...This yr we went out and bought a pellet stove which is good at keeping the main floor of our house warmer (the heater hasnt kicked on at all since we bought it)..Plus like I said, we all have slippers, sweaters, bathrobes and blankets ;-) Natural gas is just getting too damn costly here in NY..its insane..
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Jan 08
I keep my house worm when I am at home. If I am out, I keep it at 55F, same at night. During the day I have it on 63-67F, depends on weather conditions. Today I have it on 67F, because of arctic cold outside.... If not restricted, I would pay $300 just for heat per month...
• United States
30 Jan 08
I live in the mountains of California (as I'm typing I'm looking out at trees bowing with snow capped branches)it gets pretty cold here. We seem to do fine with a propane stove (it looks like a fire place with flame and all but is actually propane powered). We have it hooked up to a thermostat and it turns itself on and off to reach a certain temperature in the house. Not only is is good at heating large areas despite it's small size it's also very pleasing to look at. I know in a lot of areas where wild fires and/or pollution are a big problem they have started outlawing wood burning stoves. The propane stove is a good compromise for those who want the look of wood stove with the inspection passing benefits of central air.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 08
Well Wolfie Sweet my Heating goes on as soon as it is cold even in the Summer as I have to keep warm as I am on storage Heaters here the Heating is on all the time and until it gets warmer it will stay turned up as it does take to warm the Flat Once it gets warmer I will turn it down xxxxx
@maximax8 (29134)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 08
In the months of November, December and January I tend to have my central heating on quite a lot during the day. At night it goes off and I don't mind because I sleep in a warm bed. I wear plenty of clothes but I worry about my baby getting too cold. My pets might also get rather cold as well. I am concerned about the environment. I also worry about the cost of my gas bill.
@williamjisir (22901)
• China
30 Jan 08
Hello dear wolfie. Here in my home, we use heater and airconditioner to stay warm. But if we sleep, we do not use either of them. We use them only when we are surfing online. I am glad that I have my wife to snuggle with to keep warm on bed during this snowy weather. Thanks for your discussion.
@sacmom (14314)
• United States
30 Jan 08
My husband and I use a couple of portable heaters in our bedroom as the central heat costs too much money to run. For the rest of the house, he will sometimes make a fire in the fireplace (wood burning) to keep the house warm, though after the big storm Northern California had all of our wood is soaked so we have to resort to staying in these two bedrooms until we can get some dry wood or the weather changes.