questionswhen do you turn the heat on?

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When it's too cold for the wife. I can last longer, but she's worth it!

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South Florida
I haven't used the heat in years.

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I am much quicker to turn the AC on then the heat. I can NOT sleep in the heat, I need my bedroom freezing to sleep. So the heat I am not too quick to jump on, AC on the other hand....

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When it's as cold in the house as it is outside. My house is pretty insulated, so I hope to hold off for awhile yet. I like it cool when I go to bed but I hate being cold in the morning.

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My desktop PC will keep the place warm enough until sometime in January.

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Thanks to an almost humorously large collection of throws and whatnot, we're good here for a bit yet. Also the heated mattress pad (bought last year on the advice of deals community) is likely to take us pretty far into the winter at nighttime. :)

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Had the windows open since yesterday evening. SO nice out down here in Houston.

No heat for a bit longer. Probably not much longer with the pregnant GF always being cold it will more than likely be on soon if she has her way. (and we all know she will)

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I don't understand using a date for a temperature-related event. In Oklahoma (suuuuucks) we turn the heat on when it gets cold, and the A/C on when it gets hot. This means most of the year, A/C is on. There is a small period twice a year where both stay off. Then comes the period where the heat is on at night, the A/C during the day. Then a small period where it is heat only. Basing these periods on the calendar is 100% impossible, just a very rough outline at best. I can predict the A/C will be on in July and the heat in February though.

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Our house hold heat. It may have been 45 outside when I went to bed but I turned on a fan for a few minutes because it was 78 in the house.

I wait as long as possible.

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East Tennessee: I try to wait until Thanksgiving. The thing is, we have a heat pump, so turning it on early isn't that big of a deal.

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Since I was a kid, my dad always says "November 1st" the heat goes on!

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We are in the Chicago area. No specific date, just when we deem it "too cold." We are more likely to turn it on for just a bit in the morning, to take the chill off while everyone gets out of bed and gets ready for the day. We've done that once so far, and haven't had it on at night yet.

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@chronosquall14: Save money?

In months I don't use A/C, my electricity bill is $25 or less. If I used it every day for a month (which can get close to happening during the summer) my bill can get over $100.

I live in an area with a tiered electricity cost structure, which makes things REALLY expensive once you get over certain thresholds of use... I only have an apartment, but for people with houses who run central air all day (for example, if there's a stay at home wife), I've heard of bills hitting around $500 during the summer. I guess that's southern California for you....

Oh, and to answer the question, I'm not sure I'll turn on heat at all this year. Rarely a reason to. Though if it hits the 50's during the day or 40's at night, I probably will.

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Wisconsin - Despite some low 30 degree mornings and mid 50s for high days already this season we haven't turned it on yet. It all depends on the season, but I'll refuse to turn it on in September and I'm hiesitant in October. I'd say once we have our first day where the highs won't jump out of the 40s I'll turn it on. And we have a Natural Gas heater, so turning it on requires the flip of a switch and changing the air return vents from from cold air to hot air.

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North West IL along the Mississippi.
We "had" to turn it on one day so far a week or two ago -- it was mid-to-upper 30s and about 62 in house. There was frost warnings for the next day.
I set the heat to 65 just to knock the chill off. Shut it off mid morning the next day.
Haven't had to turn it on again despite it only being in the 40s the last few mornings.

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Last year - my first year out of college - I was a bit lavish with the heat. I had previously lived 3 years with good, albeit stingy roommates, in upstate NY. Needless to say we tried to minimize our heating bill (one year I had to argue to put the heat up to 57. Seriously).

So being on my own and in an area (Seattle) where utilities are not nearly so expensive, I kept my heat at 68-70 from November to April last year. I am going to try to be more frugal this year, but I will turn the heat on as soon as my mornings turn out to be less than 64 degrees (shooting for keeping the heat @ 65 this year).

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I normally don't turn the heat on until November. But this year will be the first year of living with the misses. I have a feeling that the heat will be on sooner. Have to keep her happy!

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Simply put, when it's cold. Regardless of what date it is.

I live on the top floor of my building, so it stays pretty warm. I've still got the windows cracked open even though our temperate range has been in the 40s at night and high 60s for daytime highs, and it stays around 70 in my place. I can tell some of my neighbors must be using heat, because I've noticed the temperate in my place rise between 7pm and midnight, even with the window cracked open.

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I keep the house no cooler than 65 (the wife and kid complain below 67, truth be told) and no higher then 75 (at which point I start to grouse). Beyond that, there's no set date. it's a heat pump, so it does great at both things.

I'm always weirded out by people who proudly hold out on the air conditioning and/or heating. I mean, I guess you can be proud of it, but WHY?

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I am in PA, and I turn on the heat a soon as my arm gets tired from my wife punching me. Just kidding, sort of. We turn it on when the day time temps get in the 50's. We bundle up at night, so its not as bad.

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@mkentosh: My dad said the same thing!

I try to wait until 11/1, but we're northeast of Boston, so sometimes it get turned on before 11/1, and sometimes it's later.

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Montucky - about 20 mi. south of the CA border. We have already used the baseboards once, and the woodpile is growing steadily now. We'll start burning within the next 30 days for sure.

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When the temp inside my house drops to about 65. Then, I'll put the heat on and set it for about 68. That's usually the range where using a blanket or wearing sweat pants suffices to be comfy/cozy in the house. We also have a gas fireplace in our living room, which we can usually just put on for a few minutes if we need to just take the "chill" out of the air.

But, no specific date when to put it on. The longer we don't need it, the better. We're in upstate NY.

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I've had mine on for the past three weeks. It's radiant floor heat so it doesn't turn on very often. I've got a dial system for each room with numbers on the dial ranging from 1 to 5 and I'll usually leave it set at 2.8-3.5 or so depending on how cold it is outside. Also, I'm supposed to open all the windows every day for about ten minutes or so and turn up the heat all the way all winter long. That's sooo not happening.

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We're in NY and still have a few windows open and temp sensor fans in others. When those stop turning on, we'll close windows, when my nose stays cold, the heat will go on.

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@chronosquall14: I'm not proud of holding out on the heating -- it's about letting go of the warm weather and wallowing into winter.

In PA, the weather is so unpredictable I know some have turned their heat on already. I'll hold on to summer as long as I can!

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South Alabama - depends on how cold it gets and how early.

Last year I think it was mid October; year before not until Halloween.

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I grew up in Michigan and now live in Texas.
I turn the heat on when I get to the point where it's just tooooo cold to get out of bed in the morning and the cats (who sleep on/by my feet when it's cold) give me this look like "Wait, you're getting up? Don't you know it's freezing cold and you need to stay in bed and huddle together so we can keep warm?". That's usually sometime around Christmas or New Years.

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@novastarj: I ws thinking cost and incovenience (more tha flipping a switch) were the major factors. I grew up in the Southern California high desert, and air conditioning was something that was run on the afternoons on Saturday because the cost is so prohibitive. I hear horror stories about the electric bills there now. Luckily, this heat pump I have now in Iowa keeps the cost very low, so even during a blazer like this year, we never beat $100 a month, and in winter it's about the same.

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in college we moved into a house that had gas heat. we didn't know this moving in, and in an attempt to save money, we decided to just use space heaters (yes i realize space heaters run up your power bill, but this was at the height of the fuel problems in the early 2000's and heating gas was at an all time high). anyway, it was december or february when we hit a record low for our county (17 degrees) and i woke up and there was frost on my sheets where i had been breathing. i walked into the living room and my room mate had a space heater on each side of him and bundled up in a sleeping bag. thats when we decided to turn the heat on. now that i'm married and not poor, we typically turn the heat on around october or novermber

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You guys send the Fall weather my way, please. It's still pretty humid with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Not quite sleep-with-the-windows-open weather quite yet.

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Probably some time this month. Like others, I'll do it when I get cold(and the ball-and-chain will let me).