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    fightclub30fightclub30
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    Summer: 74 during the day, 71 at night.

    Winter: 66 during the day, 60 at night.

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    Snowcool08 wrote:


    What temperature do people keep their house during the winter?

    Depends on if my wife is home or not.

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    I would be comfortable at 66°, but with a wife and kids, I compromise to 72°.

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    I work from home and I can’t stand being bundled up. Our house has 3 levels and if I keep the thermostat set at 69 during the day it is comfortable on the main level, where I work or watch TV. But cool in the basement where kids play.

    At night I have it at 67. Chilly enough but I hate using blankets.

    I was at my parents house today and I bet they’re set for 75+ degrees.

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    I want it 68. The wife wants it 72. We compromise and set the thermostat to 72.

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    Orion wrote:


    I want it 68. The wife wants it 72. We compromise and set the thermostat to 72.

    I usually get outvoted 1-1, too.

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    68 winter, 78 summer

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    I must be the crazy one. I keep my house at 60 overnight/during the day and 62 at night. My bedroom is upstairs and I like to sleep a bit colder. I’m perfectly fine sitting on the couch with a blanket over me.

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    70 winter (wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt)

    76 summer (shorts and a tee shirt)

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    Winter is around 70 in the mornings and evenings on weekdays and 62/63 overnight and during the day when we’re usually not here. The whole WFH thing has certainly changed that. It’s an old house (1915) so once the radiators get going heat lingers for a while. I think the timers go on around 4:30 on weekdays until around 6 or 6:30 then again from around 3 to 9pm. On weekends we have the heat kick up around 6AM until about 10.

    We put a couple of window units in during the summer.

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    At ML we do have a furnace, so there is A/C but the heat is really from a 2 zone in-floor system. The living area is set at 68 & my man cave, aka garage, is set at 64. Spray foam insulation, top of the line casement windows and a really tight OH door mean not much I. & I. so energy bills are reasonable. Summer the setting for the A/C is 78.

    I will turn the in-floor down to 58 in the garage if we are going to be gone for more than a couple days.

    Our house I have a really good woodstove so the furnace (we only had elec baseboard when we bought) is set at 60. When northern Anoka Co developed enough natural gas was ran in and we then added a furnace and central air. Summer we keep it at 84 when we are gone and 78 when there.

    I do love me some wood heat but an outside wood boiler was not allowed at the lake.

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    I can see in-floor heat in our GL future.

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    Greyeagle wrote:


    I can see in-floor heat in our GL future.

    Do it for sure! It adds $$ to the build but saves $$$ in the long run and it is so nice to walk on in stocking feet.

    Having radiators in SP you know how you feel warmer from radiant heat.

    I’m sure we will have a few things to discuss when you get closer.

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    Bladepuller wrote:


    Do it for sure! It adds $$ to the build but saves $$$ in the long run and it is so nice to walk on in stocking feet.

    $$ when you build or $$$$$$$$$ if you decide you want to add it later makes the choice easy. ;)

    If the lot layout works out like I hope it can I should also be able to add solar panels to a garage.

    Did you include a generator when you built? I’m planning on that, seems like power goes out in our area quite a bit and don’t want to take any chances.

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    No gen set. Neighbor has one the previous had installed when they rebuilt after a fire.

    I do have some experience with them on commercial jobs. Residential are generally NG powered. My commercial experience is BIG diesel powered ones. Big like 16 cyl locomotive engines. My elec. panel is on a garage wall right next to a service door. I had a 220v welder outlet installed so I’m looking for a big portable generator that I will make a pigtail for and plug into the welder outlet

    Gen will sit on pad outside. I’ll cut the main breakers so I’m not back feeding into power company service lines. On a stand alone emergency gen there is a shunt / trip switch that does this automatically. Refrigerator’s would run and kitchen (gas range) would work. A/C likely not.

    You have Xcel for elec & outages? We used to have lots of problems with Anoka Elec. / Conexus but that was 20 years ago. East Central Coop out of Braham is at our area of ML

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    70 degrees year round in my house. It’s to the point where I can walk into anyplace and tell it is cooler or warmer than 70.

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    MNGophers29 wrote:


    70 degrees year round in my house. It’s to the point where I can walk into anyplace and tell it is cooler or warmer than 70.


    When it’s real hot outside 70 to me feels too cold. Too much of a difference between inside and outside.

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    This could be a ‘Simple Pleasure’ or a ‘Things That Stick In You Craw’…

    In the last year when doing house projects I’ve learned real quick that some things can wait.  When I did apt. caretaking for over 20 years money really wasn’t an issue.  I was pretty much told if it needs fixing or upkeep, expense it. Now I don’t have that luxury to expense… lol!!!

     

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    This could be a ‘Simple Pleasure’ or a ‘Things That Stick In You Craw’…

    In the last year when doing house projects I’ve learned real quick that some things can wait.  When I did apt. caretaking for over 20 years money really wasn’t an issue.  I was pretty much told if it needs fixing or upkeep, expense it. Now I don’t have that luxury to expense… lol!!!

     

    True!  We live in a 100+ year old house.  There is ALWAYS something on the projects list.  Besides basic upkeep, you have to constantly do major items just to do right by the house lol.  And yeah, we have to write those checks.  When it’s something you can show off like an updated bathroom it’s fun.  When it’s replacing all the old cloth covered wiring it’s not so fun!

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    This could be a ‘Simple Pleasure’ or a ‘Things That Stick In You Craw’…

    In the last year when doing house projects I’ve learned real quick that some things can wait.  When I did apt. caretaking for over 20 years money really wasn’t an issue.  I was pretty much told if it needs fixing or upkeep, expense it. Now I don’t have that luxury to expense… lol!!!

     

    We joke that we’re running out of 3 figure projects and are now solidly in the 4 and 5 figure ones.  New basement in 2020, new windows and 2 remodeled bathrooms this year, and after this year’s projects are paid off likely a kitchen/first floor remodel.  The inevitable surprises will come up too like finding water coming out of our exhaust fan this winter and who knows what with the shoddy siding installation from a few years back.

    We’ll be in the house for likely another 15 years so if we’re going to spend the money to update we want to enjoy it for awhile.

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    This could be a ‘Simple Pleasure’ or a ‘Things That Stick In You Craw’…

    In the last year when doing house projects I’ve learned real quick that some things can wait.  When I did apt. caretaking for over 20 years money really wasn’t an issue.  I was pretty much told if it needs fixing or upkeep, expense it. Now I don’t have that luxury to expense… lol!!!

     

    True!  We live in a 100+ year old house.  There is ALWAYS something on the projects list.  Besides basic upkeep, you have to constantly do major items just to do right by the house lol.  And yeah, we have to write those checks.  When it’s something you can show off like an updated bathroom it’s fun.  When it’s replacing all the old cloth covered wiring it’s not so fun!

    My wife’s uncle lives in a house on the bluffs overlooking Harriet Island and I believe it was built in the 1870s.   It feels like the Winchester House in San Jose every time we are over there

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    We joke that we’re running out of 3 figure projects and are now solidly in the 4 and 5 figure ones. 

    I’ve blown through several of the 3 figure projects. I know how to do most things, but not a lot of things.  My dad is a jack of all trades, through he is slowing down in age. So I’m grateful for his help and especially his knowledge.  That there helps me muck through a lot of it. Now it’s though 4 digit projects that I’m tackling…

    First, redoing the patio and cement is going up in price (grrr).  The funny part, I had to down size the patio and make it smaller than planned cause of price.  So all the red rock I hauled out or gave away on marketplace has to be replaced.  Luckily I have an abundance of red rock in another area that’s not an eye sore if I remove it… lol!!!

    Second, splitting the basement living room.  Making an office for my wife.  I guess she doesn’t think the current office/man cave with all the Gopher memorabilia on the walls is professional enough. Though it does bring up a lot of conversations and questions from her colleagues.

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