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Title: Heating on?
Post by: andyoxon on October 19, 2011, 08:56:17 pm
How long do you 'tough it out' without heating on in your house?  We put the CH on today.  I keep getting told off for wearing my fleece indoors as apparently it looks like I'm going out...   ;)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 19, 2011, 08:59:33 pm
Heating on?! No (see grumble thread)  :demon:

Still at least I was only putting it on to test rather than becuse it's particularly cold so that's something. Not to try and get it sorted (i.e. phone my Dad  :))
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Post by: Chris S on October 19, 2011, 09:02:22 pm
I am discovering the excellent side effect of living on the third floor of a block of flats. Received heat from flats below  :thumbsup:.

Bit chillier today mind, probably around 18c, but didn't see the need to turn on the heating just yet.
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Post by: mike on October 19, 2011, 09:02:46 pm
no chance, although I would have done if I was allowed....  We've had the fire lit for a week though.
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Post by: Redlight on October 19, 2011, 09:10:40 pm
Our house has two temperature zones - the one immediately around Lady Redlight and everywhere else.  The former appears to be considerably colder than the latter, hence the constant battle of her closing windows and turning up the heating and me doing the opposite. She will be huddled in a fleece and big slippers while I am in a t-shirt.  I'm told it's a male-female thing.
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Post by: Jaded on October 19, 2011, 09:12:25 pm
Since there was an air frost last night and tonight is threatening to be colder, ours is on now.

It's for Alfie, you understand.

I was at a Council meeting last night. Two people in short sleeved shirts, the others in fleeces. The cyclist and the person who works outdoors were the two.
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 19, 2011, 09:12:58 pm
... while I am in a t-shirt.  I'm told it's a male-female thing.

My first mis-reading of that was "at it in a t-shirt". :o
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Gus on October 19, 2011, 09:15:32 pm
Until last week when I woke up a morning and saw the thermometer showed 15oC in the livingroom.
Now I'm back up to my  usual 18oC.  :smug:
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 19, 2011, 09:17:00 pm
On Monday, when it said it was 14C.
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Post by: perpetual dan on October 19, 2011, 09:20:13 pm
Not yet, although its been a bit cool in the mornings. We were remarking earlier that this is the latest we've gone without heating for some years. A house move off the top of the hill has probably helped there.
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Post by: Tewdric on October 19, 2011, 09:24:23 pm
No, but the magic warm kitchen floor and woodburner have been brought out of hibernation.
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Post by: rower40 on October 19, 2011, 09:30:15 pm
Heating goes on once I'm wearing all my jumpers, AND still cold.
Especially now I've had an email from $Thieving_Power_Company(*) to tell me that they're direct-debiting me more pounds even though I'm still in credit with them.

(*) That doesn't narrow it down very much.
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Post by: diapsaon0 on October 19, 2011, 09:30:23 pm
Not yet, but it's been a close thing this evening  :-\
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 19, 2011, 09:37:40 pm
7°C outside, 18°C inside. Still in shirtsleeves.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 19, 2011, 09:41:58 pm
Last week when two layers of clothes and a blanket wasn't enough to keep me comfortable. It's on a timer to not come on till 9pm which is when it starts to get properly cold. As the autumn progresses into winter, I'll set it to come on earlier.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andyoxon on October 19, 2011, 09:42:29 pm
4.5C out/ 20C in - probably a tad warm <turns thermostat lower>
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Post by: AndyK on October 19, 2011, 09:42:42 pm
Not yet. I don't usually consider it until there's been a few hard frosts. I've got warm jumpers and fleece blankets I can wrap up in while on the sofa.
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Post by: Biggsy on October 19, 2011, 09:47:47 pm
What's central heating?
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 19, 2011, 09:56:10 pm
When the average temperature in the occupied rooms drops below 19C (16C at night).

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23:13:30 <kim> heating status
23:13:31 <sian> Heating is on (thermostatic, threshold = 19.0).  Average temperatures are: upstairs 17.8, downstairs 16.4, occupied 17.5, whole house 17.1, max 19.7, min 15.4
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Post by: nuttycyclist on October 19, 2011, 11:12:46 pm
Our house has two temperature zones - the one immediately around Lady Redlight and everywhere else.  The former appears to be considerably colder than the latter, hence the constant battle of her closing windows and turning up the heating and me doing the opposite. She will be huddled in a fleece and big slippers while I am in a t-shirt.  I'm told it's a male-female thing.

Sounds like a similar situation to the Nutty house.

The weekend was fun.  Hot sunshine outside, house really cold inside (I blame all this excessive insulation - it's an absolute sauna in the loft above the 12 inches or so of fibreglass woollen stuff).  Mrs Nutty wanted heating on - I told her to sit in the garden  :smug:
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 19, 2011, 11:25:46 pm
i generally don't have an issue with cold.  lived in durham in a flat with no heating, and in france over winter in a house with no windows or doors and never really felt the lack of 'em.  but the heating is now needing to be on for the odd occasion here and there otherwise the laundry festooning the house would never dry.  i've currently set it to be on around boys' bathtime for hald an hour, and around dragging small children out of bed in the morning o'clock for half an hour.

and i even turned on the radiator in my bedroom when kim and barakta were staying. then i shut the window last night.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 19, 2011, 11:29:36 pm
Our house has two temperature zones - the one immediately around Lady Redlight and everywhere else.  The former appears to be considerably colder than the latter, hence the constant battle of her closing windows and turning up the heating and me doing the opposite. She will be huddled in a fleece and big slippers while I am in a t-shirt.  I'm told it's a male-female thing.

Sounds like a similar situation to the Nutty house.

The weekend was fun.  Hot sunshine outside, house really cold inside (I blame all this excessive insulation - it's an absolute sauna in the loft above the 12 inches or so of fibreglass woollen stuff).  Mrs Nutty wanted heating on - I told her to sit in the garden  :smug:

We were cycling along the sea front on Sunday afternoon. The tide was in and there was one bloke swimming. I really envied him. It was lovely and warm.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Biggsy on October 19, 2011, 11:35:43 pm
Those with central heating but with it switched off (or only switched on very recently):

1.  Do you have any supplementary little electric/gas heaters that you have been using a bit?

2.  Is your home very, very well insulated?

Otherwise I think you're being too harsh on yourselves!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 19, 2011, 11:40:12 pm
I don't have any supplementary heaters.  well, not that work.  but we are a mid-terrace, so benefit from the neighbours as insulation and it's a small house with decent loft insulation and (dodgy) double glazing.  put the oven on for long enough to bake a couple of sorts of cake and the whole downstairs gets toasty :)
Title: Heating on?
Post by: Mike J on October 19, 2011, 11:45:57 pm
I live in a first floor flat and get heat from downstairs :)

Generally we don't put our heating on until December.
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Post by: andrewc on October 20, 2011, 12:12:15 am
16c inside, 9c outside.   I'm comfortable in a sweatshirt & boxers at the moment, though I suspect you don't really want to know that !

Top floor of a purpose built 1930'sblock of flats (http://www.minstercourt.org.uk/myrtle_gardens_liverpool.htm) with double glazing & decent loft insulation.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 20, 2011, 01:41:23 am
Those with central heating but with it switched off (or only switched on very recently):

1.  Do you have any supplementary little electric/gas heaters that you have been using a bit?

2.  Is your home very, very well insulated?

Otherwise I think you're being too harsh on yourselves!

Mrs Nutty is away for the evening.  The second she left the house I turned the heating off.

I hate having the place at an uncomfortable temperature.  What is the point in heating the whole house when I'm only sat in one room watching TV?

Yes it got slightly cool around midnight, so I put a jumper on*.  Perfectly comfortable.    As opposed to when she's home and you get hot/cold spots through the house depending as to your proximity to a radiator (or that untraced draft).




* queue shock horror from those that know me.  A jumper?  In October?
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Post by: Steph on October 20, 2011, 04:50:25 am
Heating not on at all, and no supplementary devices. Generally just get by with a T-shirt, sometimes a sweatshirt, and as it cools a long skirt. I'll put the heating on when it gets COLD.

At work, others in woolly pillies in fleeces, me in a short-sleeved shirt. I have started wearing a long-sleeved shirt for the commute, though, but still in shorts.
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Post by: Andrij on October 20, 2011, 07:11:13 am
Been getting down to 4/5 overnight, but flat hasn't been below 18.  It was only Tuesday evening that I finally closed a window which has been open for months.  The heating remains off and I continue to lounge about in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 20, 2011, 07:18:12 am
I've had the dehumidifier on for the last couple of weeks - helps to take the chill off.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 20, 2011, 08:04:46 am
It was 2 degrees C here last night. I went to bed wearing my Superman tshirt and an hour later I was still awake and cold. So I got up and found my wheatbag and went back to bed after microwaving it.
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Post by: asterix on October 20, 2011, 08:04:49 am
We have one of those new heating controls the instructions for which taught me the meaning of one of my favourite words:  hysteresis. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteresis)

Under the controls the system is constantly on, striving to maintain our environment at a steady 18ºC.  I did try to rewrite the instructions so they could be understood by someone less intelligent than Einstein but I failed and we now just leave the thing to do what it wants.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2011, 08:09:00 am
Min Temp of 3.5°C here, at 6.59. It's now 4.4°C but 15°C inside. I'm still in my shirtsleeves but I have consumed a large bowl of piping hot porridge.

From 9 a.m. Dez will have the house to himself. I'd wager the heat goes on before very long. He's under instructions to check the header tank in the loft and bleed the radiators.
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Post by: Pancho on October 20, 2011, 09:19:13 am
This week we've reached a domestic compromise; boiler runs for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. This brings the sitting room temp up to about 19 for a while.

Basically, we start squabbling as a family at around 17.5 degrees.

Only the sitting room, kitchen and bathrooms have the radiators on.

Occasionally, we have a clothes drying crisis and have fire up the boiler to dry clothes (we are tumble drier free here). The maze of unlagged pipes, a hot water tank and the boiler itself ensure that the utility room (aka "boiler room") heats up pretty promptly and clothes are soon dry. Although a bit bonkers doing this on a wet summer day, I think we're on a sounder environmental footing than if we replaced our defunct tumble drier.
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Post by: numbnuts on October 20, 2011, 09:24:00 am
No heating on here, I'm not saving the planet, I'm saving money  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Pancho on October 20, 2011, 09:28:14 am
No heating on here, I'm not saving the planet, I'm saving money  :thumbsup:

You're doing both. :thumbsup:
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Post by: rafletcher on October 20, 2011, 09:33:31 am
Those with central heating but with it switched off (or only switched on very recently):

1.  Do you have any supplementary little electric/gas heaters that you have been using a bit?

2.  Is your home very, very well insulated?

Otherwise I think you're being too harsh on yourselves!

No and no.  We only have the central heating, and the house is an 1840's 9" solid brick construction end of terrace farm cottage with an empty property adjacent. Heating went on last weekend.

But we've recently had the back door replaced (it's in a 70's extension out the back) with a UPVC unit, and it's made a huge difference. We're managing with the 'stat set at 16 - though hysteresis means a range of 14-18.

This weekend we may well have our first log fire of the season (open fireplace - yes we know stoves are more efficient, we just don't like them very much).  Cost of logs up from £75/load last year to £93 this, due mainly to huge consumption last winter running down stocks.   Must order a double load soon.  the fire means we don't have the heating on except for a short burst to warm the bathroom.
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Post by: PaulR on October 20, 2011, 09:34:36 am
Last night I felt the cold for the first time this Autumn as I waited for the call to go out and collect Miss P'wit after her trip to listen to that Dawkins chap.  But I couldn't be bothered to go and get a jumper.

The other P'wits had the gas fire on in the living room one evening recently.  Munching through 7kW for about three hours.

Methinks heating will be put on before the weekend.  Must get bleeding and refreshing the inhibitor, checking which radiators we need to have on and balancing the system.   Lots of running up and down the stairs, so I'll be warm enough not to need the heating.
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Post by: Chris S on October 20, 2011, 09:38:18 am
Logs are getting very expensive. If you have the room to store them and the wood burners to burn them (ie: not open grates), then heat logs from (eg) http://www.durhamheatlogs.co.uk/ are hard to beat for raw KWh/Tonne value.
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Post by: Morrisette on October 20, 2011, 09:41:46 am
Three degrees outside? OH YES THE HEATING IS ON!!

I don't find being 'a cyclist' makes any difference to my temperature regulation - it is still set to 'cold'. I wish I was one of those people who is always warm, but since I've been cold for over 30 years, I don't think it is going to happen!
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Post by: Domestique on October 20, 2011, 09:45:23 am
No idea of outside temp, but heating is, or rather was, on last night.
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Post by: asterix on October 20, 2011, 10:51:11 am
When I return to France in Feb to resume work it'll probably be around -6ºC and I will live in a 7x3m,  draught-free*, windowless enclosure with one insulated wall and 3 50cm stone walls.  The ceiling has 200mm of insulation. 

Once the stone walls are warmed up (after 3 days) my small 3kw paraffin stove  (http://www.dry-it-out.com/inverter-5006-3kw-liquid-fuel-heater-free-fuel)will easily keep the temp up to around 18ºC.  Were I to insulate the floor and 3 stone walls (fairly cheap and easy) I would need hardly any heating at all.  Frozen external pipes were the main problem last year but I spent a frantic few days fixing it. (Had to wake every 2 hours during the night to run the water :(  )

Working outside, long-johns are vital!

*other than ventilation for cooking and heating.
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Post by: Butterfly on October 20, 2011, 10:52:35 am
Three degrees outside? OH YES THE HEATING IS ON!!

I don't find being 'a cyclist' makes any difference to my temperature regulation - it is still set to 'cold'. I wish I was one of those people who is always warm, but since I've been cold for over 30 years, I don't think it is going to happen!

I feel the same. When I was single I used to sit in my lovely sleeping bag in the evening, but now we need the heating on to keep the damp away so that clothes dry and clarion can breathe so I mostly manage with a blanket. I seriously considered a hat in bed last night though.
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Post by: Phil on October 20, 2011, 11:28:03 am
I closed the window in the bedroom yesterday because it was a touch nippy. 

My neighbours will continue to heat our house for a couple of months, then we'll probably have to run ours for a couple of hours a day December to February. Our energy bills are still eye watering though, so our neighbours must be paying thousands to keep their place so warm.
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Post by: citoyen on October 20, 2011, 11:51:00 am
We don't "put the heating on" as such - it works out for itself when it needs to come on, being operated by a zoned thermostat system, with timing bands to set different temperatures for different parts of the house for different times of the day.

So it stays off overnight and during the day, unless the temperature drops dangerously low (ie cold enough to freeze the pipes), but on days like today, it comes on in the morning to make the house warm enough that I can contemplate getting out of bed.

It actually works quite well.

d.
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Post by: ian on October 20, 2011, 11:52:49 am
I was trying to hold out till the end of the month. Last night was defeat. Thirteen degrees in the kitchen.

I work from home, but never have the heating on during the day (goes off between 8.30 and 5pm), but my office is on the second floor of a tall, thin house, so all the heat rises and makes itself at home in my office. If I make the mistake of turning on the thermostat in my office, it rapidly gets warm enough in there to roast a chicken.

Interestingly, I discovered last winter that we have the coldest house on our street. When it snowed, it melted on all the roofs (of twelve identical houses) other than our house. We had a nice thick blanket of snow. Which froze. And the fell off one night, taking all our gutters with it.
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Post by: andyoxon on October 20, 2011, 12:00:27 pm
We don't "put the heating on" as such - it works out for itself when it needs to come on, being operated by a zoned thermostat system, with timing bands to set different temperatures for different parts of the house for different times of the day.

So it stays off overnight and during the day, unless the temperature drops dangerously low (ie cold enough to freeze the pipes), but on days like today, it comes on in the morning to make the house warm enough that I can contemplate getting out of bed.

It actually works quite well.

d.

So just the North wing on so far..?   ;)
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Post by: citoyen on October 20, 2011, 12:07:28 pm
So just the North wing on so far..?   ;)

The North Wing is my mother-in-law's quarters and she has her own heating controls. Being in her 80s, she has special dispensation to have the heating on in the middle of summer.  ;)

d.
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Post by: Pancho on October 20, 2011, 12:08:55 pm
The room I'm in is south facing with a large expanse of glass. The low sunlight is streaming in and warming things up nicely; temp now reads a perfect 18. As the room has lots of solid walls and floors, this sunlight tends to be absorbed and the room will stay warm (my definition, not Mrs P's) for quite some time into the evening/late afternoon. I do have to remember to draw the curtains (v thick and heavy) when the room loses the sun. It's a cheap and efficient form of solar heating; no need for panels or pumps.

This thread has me keeping glancing at the thermometer. In the interests of adding more complexity to my life, does anyone know of a datalogger thermometer? Or something I can plug into a PC? Or, even better, wifi into a PC?
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 20, 2011, 12:19:36 pm
I only ever buy really cheerful bright coloured plastic ones like these

http://www.tts-group.co.uk/shops/tts/Range.aspx?search=datalogger

 :D
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Post by: Bledlow on October 20, 2011, 12:28:36 pm
Our house has two temperature zones - the one immediately around Lady Redlight and everywhere else.  The former appears to be considerably colder than the latter, hence the constant battle of her closing windows and turning up the heating and me doing the opposite. She will be huddled in a fleece and big slippers while I am in a t-shirt.  I'm told it's a male-female thing.
Ours is the opposite. There's a high-temperature zone around Mrs B, which she feels compelled to cool down by opening windows & doors, sticking legs out from under quilts, etc. She will occasionally grumble that it's getting cold, but this is usually when she's wearing t-shirt & shorts & I'm shivering in a fleece & thermal underwear.

I doubt that it's a male-female thing.


Interestingly, I discovered last winter that we have the coldest house on our street. When it snowed, it melted on all the roofs (of twelve identical houses) other than our house. We had a nice thick blanket of snow. Which froze. And the fell off one night, taking all our gutters with it.
Not necessarily the coldest. Maybe you have the best insulation.

Half our street lost gutters in the winter before last.

Heating went on last night. Minimum temperature -3.2, just outside the house. Light ground frost this morning.

1870s terrace house, 9" solid brick. Attic bedroom (original) & dormer, so roof insulation limited.
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2011, 12:35:00 pm
Interestingly, I discovered last winter that we have the coldest house on our street. When it snowed, it melted on all the roofs (of twelve identical houses) other than our house. We had a nice thick blanket of snow. Which froze. And the fell off one night, taking all our gutters with it.

That could mean that you have the warmest house in your street because less heat is escaping into the roof space.
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Post by: Jacomus on October 20, 2011, 12:39:26 pm
Our heating is off at the mo. Miss Emily also has the Personal Cold Zone which last night saw her sheltering under a Slanket, fully dressed, while I sat in a hoodie and shorts. In bed I put on a t-shirt to keep the chill off my shoulders (I don't like being tucked up to my chin). She chose to be nude, but with a blanket atop the duvet and obviously me radiating heat into the bed, creating the normal situation where I cover half my body up (so the cold doesn't get under the duvet) and have the other side of me open.

Window is still open at night, though I fear the nightly duelling will begin soon. Usually Emily waits until I fall asleep, shuts it, then I overheat in the night and open it, then close it when she complains in the morning. ;D
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Post by: Kim on October 20, 2011, 12:41:55 pm
That's the other thing: while my fingers and toes will feel cold if it's even vaguely cool, I'm usually happy to live with that and add layers.  The real issue is Stupid Lungs, which tend to low-level object if the night time air temperature gets much below 16C.  Fuel used to fend off lingering chest infections is money well spent, IMHO.

I find that controlling the central heating based on the bedroom temperature works better than having an electric heater in the bedroom, as those tend to wake me up as they cycle on and off.
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Post by: Greenbank on October 20, 2011, 12:44:25 pm
14.8oC in the lounge (coldest room in the flat) at 9pm last night.
16oC in the most of the rest of the house.

A single thermostat in the hall set to 15oC.

Those with central heating but with it switched off (or only switched on very recently):

1.  Do you have any supplementary little electric/gas heaters that you have been using a bit?

2.  Is your home very, very well insulated?

1. No, nothing.

2. Large detached house converted into flats. We have a flat above us and a flat below. Front windows are mostly double glazed, and behind thick curtains. Back windows are double glazed except the lounge which has drafty sash windows (next on the list to sort out) behind roman blinds.

We get a lot of our heat from the flats above and below us.
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Post by: arabella on October 20, 2011, 12:49:25 pm
9" brick mid terraced
I try to avoid using heating until it gets to November, though may turn on the fire, not done it yet though, except when dad came for a visit (though that was May so mayn't count).
The key is not to sit in front of tv/computer etc but to be active - a nice warm bowl of washing up can help you stay warm!
I have been known to sit and knit old lady style with a blanket over my knees
Was able to leap out of my cosy bed OK this morning.

Back door will be open all day for the cat ha ha ha (though it's warming up again from last night's low (+ frost).  I will build it a nest outside and then needn't feel guilty if it's the wrong side of the door when I leave in the morning.

Still looking for a cheap heat camera so I can work out my cold spots and apply insulation sensibly.

Must find some thicker trousers, curent set all seem to be summer weight, I'm sure that wasn't the case in April ...
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Post by: Pancho on October 20, 2011, 12:49:39 pm
I only ever buy really cheerful bright coloured plastic ones like these

http://www.tts-group.co.uk/shops/tts/Range.aspx?search=datalogger

 :D

Just the ticket!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Pancho on October 20, 2011, 12:55:25 pm
Arabella's post has reminded me: blankets.

Am very glad to hear we're not the only family that uses blankets in the sitting room rather than cranking the heating up. A few years back we bought armfuls of fleecy-type blankets for about a quid each. They've been great.

Also reminds me of going to a restaurant last winter and, after our coats were taken, being offered blankets for our knees as "heating is unethical". As it was snowing outside, I did think ethics might allow a little bit of warmth. But the food was excellent and we felt like fine-dining arctic explorers.
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Post by: urban_biker on October 20, 2011, 01:02:42 pm
Heating went on this morning. It was 0.9C outside and around 13 inside. I leave it on permanently once its on - but its thermostat controlled, mainly because the timer is rubbish (old) and the replacement programmable thermostat I have does a better job.
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on October 20, 2011, 01:17:36 pm
I sat in a hoodie and shorts. She chose to be nude.  I cover half my body up and have the other side of me open.  Window is still open at night.
 

I fear the nightly duelling will begin soon.

I like your style.....then if her husband unexpectedly comes home, you can make a run for it!  Good planning is essential.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 20, 2011, 02:06:59 pm
Absolutely no use of the CH until the end of BST.  No auxiliary heating save a blue IKEA blankie which serves to keep bare feet toasty even when it's well below freezing outside.

Whisky helps, obv.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: David Martin on October 20, 2011, 04:33:49 pm
Our heating doesn't go off because of the interesting way it is configured. The CH circuit is variously connected to the secondary circuit for the hot water tank (on one zone valve and thermostat and the other for the radiators.

The main house thermostat is set to around 18 degrees (when I control it). All radiators have their own thermostatic valves except the one in the downstairs hall (which is below the lowest living level of the house)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Majorbloodnok on October 20, 2011, 04:40:47 pm
Our heating doesn't go off because of the interesting way it is configured

Only an academic could write that.......  ;)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 20, 2011, 07:29:13 pm
I've had the heating on since Tuesday evening, but I would have liked to hold out a little longer, only I was feeling rather lurgy-ish. However, there it is, now it's on a timer mornings and evenings, about child bed time and getting up time. There's a thermostat in the hall and I just twisted its knob (what you might call a Wowbagger moment  :) ) about an hour ago before the heating came on. On the basis of that it seems the air temperature in the hall is 12-13C, but that's probably the coldest part of the house. I've now set it to 18 but I'm not sure that it actually controls anything. Turned off the radiator in the kitchen since it's pointless - there are two huge air bricks so all the heat escapes anyway, and it's only used for cooking - we don't eat in there.

I think I should go and buy some blankets.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: ian on October 20, 2011, 07:33:38 pm
Interestingly, I discovered last winter that we have the coldest house on our street. When it snowed, it melted on all the roofs (of twelve identical houses) other than our house. We had a nice thick blanket of snow. Which froze. And the fell off one night, taking all our gutters with it.

That could mean that you have the warmest house in your street because less heat is escaping into the roof space.

Nah, twelve identikit newish houses. Rooms in the roof-space, which I haunt. They've all got the same insulation. Having visited a few of the neighbours' houses, they're toastier than toasted sandwich on a beach in Bermuda. "Oh, we don't turn ours off," apparently.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 07:53:03 pm
We have ours on all winter, though we tweak the thermostat down at night and when we're out during the day and up a bit in the morning and evening. I've been told this works out cheaper as the heating doesn't have to spend the first however long heating the structure of the house up before the rooms start to warm.

Does this make sense or should it be off-off when we're both out?
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 20, 2011, 08:37:52 pm
I was curious to know what temperature it is in the flat without the heating on so I took the fridge thermometer out of the fridge, warmed it up between my hands (which are actually very chilly) to give it a start and then sat it on the sofa next to me. It seems to have settled at about 13C. I am looking forward to the heating coming on at 9.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Canardly on October 20, 2011, 08:47:42 pm
Don't worry the Beatles had it right all along. Trillions of cubic feet of shale gas in Lancashire, the big holes will belong to.............. Blackburn.......
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 20, 2011, 09:12:44 pm
I am discovering the excellent side effect of living on the third floor of a block of flats. Received heat from flats below

Likewise. With temperatures here dropping to -25, my flat has yet to drop below +19.5 so in 4 years I have yet to turn the heating on.
Not only did we find exactly the same in Poland (similar weather, similar housing, similar indoor temperatures) but here the coldest part of the flat is the newest, which has no neighbours on any side, above or below. It has double glazing etc. In contrast, the old bit - part of a 19th century house - has draughty sash windows but the neighbours keep it warm. Penguins know about this, when they do it, it's called huddling. House huddle ftw!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 20, 2011, 09:14:41 pm
We're occasionally turning it on for an hour.  It has been 2 degrees outside the last couple of mornings.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: unipaul on October 20, 2011, 10:02:32 pm
Not the CH yet. Had the stove on for a couple of hours for the last 3 nights. Nice and toasty in the living room - ~14 elsewhere.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: perpetual dan on October 20, 2011, 10:08:39 pm
Mrs Dan has a sewing project on the go, so the iron is on quite a lot, otherwise no heating still. It is chilly outside though, won't be long.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Steph on October 21, 2011, 04:41:27 am
9" brick mid terraced
I try to avoid using heating until it gets to November, though may turn on the fire, not done it yet though, except when dad came for a visit (though that was May so mayn't count).
The key is not to sit in front of tv/computer etc but to be active - a nice warm bowl of washing up can help you stay warm!
I have been known to sit and knit old lady style with a blanket over my knees
Was able to leap out of my cosy bed OK this morning.

Back door will be open all day for the cat ha ha ha (though it's warming up again from last night's low (+ frost).  I will build it a nest outside and then needn't feel guilty if it's the wrong side of the door when I leave in the morning.

Still looking for a cheap heat camera so I can work out my cold spots and apply insulation sensibly.

Must find some thicker trousers, curent set all seem to be summer weight, I'm sure that wasn't the case in April ...

You got a polar Buff at York, what more do you need?
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: tonycollinet on October 21, 2011, 06:07:24 am
Hair shirts - the lot a ya.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Andrij on October 21, 2011, 07:06:17 am
Hair shirts - the lot a ya.

So, you've seen me topless.

There's at least one benefit to being furry.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: arabella on October 21, 2011, 12:08:08 pm
You got a polar Buff at York, what more do you need?
was thinking I might try a headscarf if I go out this weekend.  I think I have a pink flowery one somewhere.
I have cheered up with the thought that even if I still had my lined woollen trousers they would have worn out my now.  Maybe I should make some more.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: perpetual dan on October 21, 2011, 12:16:56 pm
I've just switched the heating on at work. It is actually putting out some heat, which is a nice surprise. I was worried I'd have to find something to do that got the laptop CPUs working a bit harder.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 21, 2011, 12:42:37 pm
WFH, waiting for the boiler engineer to come and look at the boiler, glad it's not as cold today as it's been the last couple of weeks but just put a fleece on.
The bedroom is nice and toasty now from the heat coming out of the dehumidifier (I wanted to dry it out a bit before I tackle the mould on the window with a bit of bleach) but it's too noisy on full blast to work in there.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2011, 10:21:05 pm
So warm today that I've turned the heating off again. Should probably have done it last night.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Gus on October 31, 2011, 10:24:05 pm
So warm today that I've turned the heating off again. Should probably have done it last night.
+1 warm here too. forecast says above 10oC next 5-7 days, so I seems like I can wait to turn the heating on until sometime next week  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 27, 2012, 10:09:53 pm
Not quite a year later and the heating's on again already. 13 degrees at 9am yesterday, I've winterised the kitchen (blocked the silly humonguous air vents) so it's quite a bit warmer now.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on October 27, 2012, 10:18:15 pm
I don't switch my heating off. My thermostat works fine and time switches mean the heating warms the place at the right times whatever the calendar shows.
I had warm radiators on some chilly mornings of the 'summer' that's just past.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Feanor on October 27, 2012, 10:45:01 pm
likewise.

It's never fully 'off'.   It can magically sense when it needs to come on.  It's called a 'Thermostat'.

Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Jaded on October 27, 2012, 11:38:06 pm
We turned ours on at half term. Then realised that 18 degrees was way too hot so turned it down to 16.

Promptly went to stay with friends whose wood burner made their living room 25 degrees.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 27, 2012, 11:41:22 pm
likewise.

Indeed.

Though today, for the first time this year, I stopped on a ride 10k from home and turned the heating on manually so the bathroom would be a sensible temperature when I got in.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andyoxon on May 24, 2013, 09:40:57 pm
Good grief, near end of May and I just wimped out and put the heating on.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on May 24, 2013, 09:47:10 pm
The heating goes on automatically during low temperatures. Working just fine, right now.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on May 24, 2013, 09:47:37 pm
^ this.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 24, 2013, 10:05:25 pm
Wusses!

*sitting under 4 layers of fleecy blanket*

(This after me returning from 38C in Dubai to <8C yesterday)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on May 24, 2013, 10:10:18 pm
Hey, I'm about to set off on a night ride!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Jurek on May 24, 2013, 10:17:50 pm
Hey, I'm about to set off on a night ride!
Chapeau!
Wrap up warm.
The heating at work went on automatically this afternoon.
The heating at home went on manually this evening.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: ferret on May 24, 2013, 10:19:58 pm
2 degrees c last night and 5 degrees at mid day, I was mowing a lawn yesterday in snow, well hail but it it was still bloody cold :)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on May 24, 2013, 10:34:19 pm
^ this.

I don't switch the heating off.
My thermostat works fine and cares not what the calendar states.
Suits me fine.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andyoxon on May 25, 2013, 12:26:18 am
In a cavalier fashion, I'd turned the thermostat down too low, for the onset of Summer  ::-) it seems.  So it needed a tweak up tonight.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Martin on May 25, 2013, 12:51:05 am
this time of year always causes me angst;

having a combi-boiler I have no cylinder in the airing cupboard; so have installed a tiny rad to do the same job all year round. Also have a heated towel rail in the bathroom. At an appointed time I set the heating to come on for a couple of hours a day just to heat the above (TRVs stop any of the other rads coming on)

still waiting for that appointed time....
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Jaded on May 25, 2013, 01:10:31 am
We I have the heating set to 16°C and it has come on automatically in the last few days.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Hot Flatus on May 25, 2013, 08:08:00 am
Not on. Absolutely no need. We posses jumpers.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Jaded on May 25, 2013, 08:20:01 am
and you are all ill  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Hot Flatus on May 25, 2013, 08:22:03 am
So will you be in a couple of days  :demon:
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 25, 2013, 10:49:57 am
I did think about putting the heating on last night. Then I remembered the recent electricity bill. However, the heating is gas! But instead, I shut the little vent thingies on the bedroom windows. TBH, this place is always cold, even in the middle of a hot summer.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Wombat on May 25, 2013, 10:56:35 am
I'm with Kim and Helly.  The reason heating has controls is so it, erm, controls it....  If its cold, my heating comes on.  I don't have to fiddle with it.  Can't afford to run it, then get your house insulated, its a lot cheaper than more heating fuel.  I will stop short of suggesting the Green Deal, though. There are limits...
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: mattc on May 25, 2013, 01:53:09 pm
I don't switch the heating off.
My thermostat works fine and cares not what the calendar states.
Suits me fine.
Same here!

(but not everyone in this house agrees - so it's been mostly OFF for about a month until last night, when we both got home wet and cold.)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 25, 2013, 02:03:15 pm
Our boiler crapped out again this morning so it's a moot point.  Yesterday it was 2 deg C when cycling to work, though.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on May 25, 2013, 02:45:00 pm
I don't switch the heating off.
My thermostat works fine and cares not what the calendar states.
Suits me fine.
Same here!

(but not everyone in this house agrees - so it's been mostly OFF for about a month until last night, when we both got home wet and cold.)

David's away so I've turned the heating down.
He needs at least 21C or he moans.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 25, 2013, 09:41:09 pm
Wow - I don't think I've been indoors at 21C since I left India!  :-\
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 30, 2013, 06:07:30 pm
It comes to something when on 30th May at 11 a.m. you can see the moisture in your breath condense every time you exhale.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: bumper on May 30, 2013, 07:07:20 pm
It comes to something when on 30th May at 11 a.m. you can see the moisture in your breath condense every time you exhale.

I've just said this to my wife and she told me to stop moaning :D

I went out with a beanie on the other day because my solar panel was freezing!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: SteveC on May 30, 2013, 07:38:34 pm
We put our gas fire on last night.
But we are in a tent, on top of a hill, at the edge of the Peak District.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2014, 10:13:13 am
It's time now for a Heating off? thread. I have unblocked the air vent, uncovering the dread words IMPORTANT DO NOT BLOCK THIS VENT DANGER OF DRAGONS. They're exaggerating about the dragons, they were only small, like the one in Ivor's firebox. Spring is here.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 10, 2014, 02:09:30 pm
It's time now for a Heating off? thread. I have unblocked the air vent, uncovering the dread words IMPORTANT DO NOT BLOCK THIS VENT DANGER OF DRAGONS. They're exaggerating about the dragons, they were only small, like the one in Ivor's firebox. Spring is here.

I've been turning mine off from time to time over the last few weeks so that it doesn't come on in the morning - was a bit chilly this morning with no morning pre-heat but entirely bearable.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: pcolbeck on March 10, 2014, 02:19:36 pm
I just let the timer and the thermostat turn it on and off ...
Admittedly in summer I do turn off the "heat the entire 300litres" function on our heat store as the central heating will hardly ever run.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on March 10, 2014, 05:31:19 pm
I just let the timer and the thermostat turn it on and off ...
Admittedly in summer I do turn off the "heat the entire 300litres" function on our heat store as the central heating will hardly ever run.

I don't bother turning the heating off either.
If it's cold enough to trip the thermostat, it's cold enough to have the heating on.
Even if the calendar informs me it's July.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2014, 05:58:31 pm
I disagree, because (say) 13 degrees in July does not feel as cold as 13 degrees in January. But mostly because our thermostat does not appear to do anything whatsoever.

I am now thinking I might have unblocked that vent a bit early though. Have to get the dragon breathing!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Polar Bear on March 10, 2014, 06:10:13 pm
At present we do not have heating set on in the mornings but it does fire up at 17:45 to toast the house before Mlle PB returns from her day labouring building roads.   Each room has a radiator thermostat and some are even set to off.

I leave her to decide whether to keep it on or not though it is nice to get out of the bath into a warm bathroom.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2014, 06:14:21 pm
Our heating's still on, pretty much, btw.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Canardly on March 10, 2014, 08:34:38 pm
Unfortunately yes I am usually melting by the time I enter the bathroom. I am not unanimous in my temperature opinions however. God created man and then set to work on the Yang bit.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on March 10, 2014, 08:37:55 pm
Whereas David needs a warmer home than I do...
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Pancho on March 10, 2014, 09:38:27 pm
Until very recently, Mrs P and I used to fight over temperature control[1]. For the past couple of months, however, I've been on these damn beta blocker pills - a side effect of which is to turn me into the human fridge. I can't feel my toes and it's 20 degrees in here. I feel ashamed at my new weedyness and environmental vandalism. However, Mrs P is snug, warm and happy.

[1] Did you know you can get spare thermostats that would be entirely disconnected from the central heating system. But not everyone in the house would know this fact. I have never done this - but have been seriously tempted.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 11, 2019, 06:49:39 pm
We did – well actually, I did – put the heating on for a while on Wednesday evening, not because it was cold but in an effort to combat the damp.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: De Sisti on October 11, 2019, 06:58:18 pm
Yes, and no shame in doing so.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Basil on October 11, 2019, 07:06:53 pm
It was either switch the heating on last week or have Mrs B nail my balls to the sideboard.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Jurek on October 11, 2019, 07:17:23 pm
It was either switch the heating on last week or have Mrs B nail my balls to the sideboard.
Some on here would probably pay good money for that.
I ran the heating for a couple of hours yesterday.
Stops all  the mirrors in the bathroom steaming up. Y'see.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: mllePB on October 11, 2019, 07:19:20 pm
24h ago we were all set to go camping this weekend. Now called off due to the downpours forecast, but it does kind of suggest no heating on yet while enjoying an insulated dry house over the weekend instead.

The 13 tog duvet + blanket is out though.

Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andrewc on October 11, 2019, 08:05:21 pm
Yes, I shall be digging out the heavier duvet at the weekend as well.  Recent nights have required  pyjama thingies.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Basil on October 11, 2019, 08:13:51 pm
Yes, I shall be digging out the heavier duvet at the weekend as well.  Recent nights have required  pyjama thingies.

Arg
Pyjamas.  Ball tanglers.   :(
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: yorkie on October 11, 2019, 08:49:02 pm
My elderly parents, with whom I live, have had the heating on for a while. It's currently set to a temperature somewhere between Nairobi and the Gates of Hell. Needless to say, I am still walking around the house in shorts and a t-shirt.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: pcolbeck on October 11, 2019, 09:09:34 pm
I dont get this when you should turn the heating on thing.

I just have the thermostat set at 18c and if it gets colder it comes on. It never get turned off but there again if its over 18c in the house it doesn't come on.
If we are feeling decadent we turn it up to 19c.

If the log burner is on all bets are off as the house rapidly climbs to the mid 20s.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andrewc on October 11, 2019, 09:17:20 pm
My elderly parents, with whom I live, have had the heating on for a while. It's currently set to a temperature somewhere between Nairobi and the Gates of Hell. Needless to say, I am still walking around the house in shorts and a t-shirt.


My elderly parents had a new fangled combi boiler installed last year & can't make it work properly.  I guess I'm going  to have to RTFM. 
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: hellymedic on October 11, 2019, 09:25:08 pm
My thermostat knows time of day and which day of the week it is.
It does not know, or need to know the month.
The heating switches on automatically should the temperature drop below limits set for the time.
It switches off once set temperature is reached.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: yorkie on October 11, 2019, 10:14:06 pm
My elderly parents, with whom I live, have had the heating on for a while. It's currently set to a temperature somewhere between Nairobi and the Gates of Hell. Needless to say, I am still walking around the house in shorts and a t-shirt.


My elderly parents had a new fangled combi boiler installed last year & can't make it work properly.  I guess I'm going  to have to RTFM.
My parents had a new boiler installed earlier this year, due to the old one failing some sort of check. Broke my father's heart having to pay for a new boiler (well, for the house - if it was his steam roller he'd cough up without question!) even though the boiler was originally installed before we moved in sometime in 1981 and was probably the original from the 1960s!

Thankfully I have yet to be called upon to sort out the heating! I only fix bikes, computers, televisions and other electronic devices around our house (and increasingly for the surrounding neighbours as well!)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: ElyDave on October 12, 2019, 06:19:07 am
Long trousers for the first time this weekend, and long sleeve base layer, but it is grimly windy here.
Still sleeping under a sheet, and heating not yet on
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Andrew Br on October 12, 2019, 07:15:46 pm
Long trousers for the first time this weekend, and long sleeve base layer, but it is grimly windy here.
Still sleeping under a sheet, and heating not yet on

If your avatar is a picture of you, I can understand




                                                                         why you're not cold yet.*

*Why the big pause ?
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: road-runner on October 12, 2019, 08:30:23 pm
Our neighbours beneath us have their flat so warm that we have a constant 22° without having to turn our heating on.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: ElyDave on October 12, 2019, 09:01:56 pm
Long trousers for the first time this weekend, and long sleeve base layer, but it is grimly windy here.
Still sleeping under a sheet, and heating not yet on

If your avatar is a picture of you, I can understand




                                                                         why you're not cold yet.*

*Why the big pause ?

It is my nickname in the house.  Sitting here in a pair of shorts while the other denizens are in dressing gowns under a blanket
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 13, 2019, 11:45:13 am
I dont get this when you should turn the heating on thing.

I just have the thermostat set at 18c and if it gets colder it comes on. It never get turned off but there again if its over 18c in the house it doesn't come on.
I'm sure we've done lots of reasons to use and not to use thermostats. Reasons I can think of not to use a thermostat include:
Absence of thermostat
Broken thermostat
Temperature is above your setting but you feel cold.
Temperature is below your setting but you don't feel cold.
Wanting heating for a specific reason, eg drying clothes.
Not wanting heating even though it's cold because eg the house is empty or everyone's fast asleep.
Enjoying variation in temperature.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: rafletcher on October 13, 2019, 11:51:54 am
We use the thermostat controlled approach, coupled with timed on and off periods. But my wife (who is retired and therefore home during the day frequently) can easily turn it on/off/up/down as she sees fit.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 13, 2019, 03:51:53 pm
I've actually put some socks on today.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on October 13, 2019, 04:03:08 pm
Our neighbours beneath us have their flat so warm that we have a constant 22° without having to turn our heating on.
Yeah, I used to live above a cannabis farm as well! There was an added element of excitement not knowing when or if the whole place was going to go up in smoke due to the electrics being plumbed into the street light.  ;D
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 13, 2019, 08:31:31 pm
This post refers:

Ours decided to come on properly a few days ago (red is daily minutes of heating, blue is daily average indoor temperature, green is daily average outdoor temperature):

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/random/heatinggraph1year.png)

(Let's disregard that pixel of heating in August.  Stupid BRITISH weather.)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Andrij on October 14, 2019, 06:47:41 am
Our neighbours beneath us have their flat so warm that we have a constant 22° without having to turn our heating on.

Similar to my first downstairs neighbours.  Our landlord - originally from Jamaica - often remarked to me that their flat was too warm for him.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Greenbank on October 14, 2019, 09:00:39 pm
This post refers:

Ours decided to come on properly a few days ago (red is daily minutes of heating, blue is daily average indoor temperature, green is daily average outdoor temperature):

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/random/heatinggraph1year.png)

(Let's disregard that pixel of heating in August.  Stupid BRITISH weather.)

What do you use to record whether your heating is on?

I was just going to ziptie a DS18B20 to the inlet pipe of a radiator (or the CH outflow from the boiler) and graph that. (When I eventually get around to doing a 1-wire notwork.)
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 14, 2019, 09:06:26 pm
What do you use to record whether your heating is on?

When the system decides to turn the heating on or off, it makes a note of the times, does a bit of arithmetic and throws the result at RRDtool.  *handwaves*
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Greenbank on October 14, 2019, 09:09:03 pm
Ah, right, it's because the system decides when to put it on, not a thermostat on the wall or anything else.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 14, 2019, 09:13:48 pm
Ah, right, it's because the system decides when to put it on, not a thermostat on the wall or anything else.

Yep.  It's controlling a relay in parallel with the thermostat (set to 5C for frost protection) over 1-wire, so logging the times is trivial.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 15, 2019, 12:33:33 am
Can't be that cold yet if there was a wasp in the Estate Office this afternoon!
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2019, 12:56:06 am
A wasp headbutted my window repeatedly yesterday afternoon.  Can't say I blame it.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: ian on October 15, 2019, 09:30:48 am
Our bedroom window has the perfect shape of a large bird with wings outstretched on it, like the most hapless angel. Probably better a wasp.

I missed this one, though the occasional incidental thump seems to be a thing, I presume the angle of light reflecting off the large pane of glass convinces them that they can fly straight on. They can't.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: arabella on November 05, 2019, 08:52:40 am
I've succumbed.  All that merrily burning fossil fuel heating up the planet. 
Yet again I realise I haven't sorted out an infrared/thermal camera to identify the spots most in need of tackling - probably the whole house as it's victorian 9" brick etc..  If I knew what I was doing I could probably make one myself.  But I don't.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 05, 2019, 09:24:58 am
You could make yourself what: an infrared camera or a Victorian 9" brick? If the former, they might be available to hire with operator attached and interpretation of results, advice, etc. We have cheese locally https://cheeseproject.co.uk might be something near you?

If a brick, then you need to start with clay and cheese will only encourage mice.  :D
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andytheflyer on November 05, 2019, 04:26:38 pm
Yes, but it goes off the minute my wife goes out for the weekend/evening playing Bridge.

I only put the shorts away last week for the winter.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: andrewc on November 07, 2019, 09:05:37 pm
13C in my flat tonight so I've had the big storage heater on for a couple of hours  & have donned the hairy cardie.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Canardly on November 07, 2019, 10:16:49 pm
Cold here. 6 degree atm. Heating very much on.
Title: Re: Heating on?
Post by: Torslanda on December 06, 2019, 12:48:47 am
Not right now. Boiler FUBAR.

Ah well. Replacement being fitted tomorrow sez builder.

Given it should have been done while we were in France in August, along with the remodelling of the bathroom and we haven't actually got a shower yet, I'm not holding my breath...