Temperatures

May 5th, 2008 at 7:30 am by David Farrar

I have to admit I don’t get cold a lot. Ever since I lived in Dunedin, my internal thermostat is set to defrost and I will happily be at home in shorts and t-shirts even if it is only 10 degrees.

The only time I think I was truly truly freezing was when I was in Canada in winter for six weeks and it was minus thirty degrees. My God, that was miserable. You could not go even 50 metres down the road without full ski gear on.

Anyway I complained on Saturday about the travelling companion turning the thermostat in the room up to 32 degrees.  That was bad enough, but driving back to Auckland on Saturday (which was a lovely warm day) I suddenly noticed the air conditioning in the car had somehow moved from a nice pleasant 18 degrees to 30 degrees. My God, who actually wants 30 degree hot air blowing on you, on a sunny day!

I note in the SST that the WHO “recommends of at least 21C in living areas and 18C in other rooms”. That’s a long way off 30 degrees!

What temperatures do others find comfortable when indoors?

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15 Responses to “Temperatures”

  1. infused (634 comments) says:

    I like cold conditions as well. I walk around, even today in a shirt. At home I crank the heaters up so I can be in shorts and a tee shirt. In the car I can’t have it past about 23c, even on a very cold day.

    I melt during summer haha

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  2. GPT1 (2,087 comments) says:

    I find about 22 is pretty good. Up to 24 in winter. 30 is NEVER good.

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  3. Brian Smaller (3,983 comments) says:

    As a matter on interest – were you in the car with women? My experience is that they only seem to know two settings for heating devices. Off or Full.

    My wife thinks a summer day at 21oC is nice and warm but if it is cold outside she will put the central heating onto Bombay in the Hot Season. Once I measured the temperature at 34oC in our house and she insisted it was still cold.

    I am with you DPF – it doesn’t really get cold in Wellington.

    [DPF: Yes with a woman, and yes always wants it on full]

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  4. Sam (497 comments) says:

    18 in living areas, 16 elsewhere – I’m comfortable, but can’t really afford much more anyway…

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  5. mawgxxxxiv (554 comments) says:

    15 -18

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  6. evilmonkey (5 comments) says:

    My flatmate seems to think that 25+ is an appropriate setting for the heat pump. The weird thing is that she is from Kaliningrad, where in January the average high is zero.

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  7. artandmylife (15 comments) says:

    About 23c. This is terrible as I am orginally from the South where you just put more clothes on if its cold. Living in Central Otago with -13 frosts is an experience that makes living in Kapiti positively balmy.

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  8. PaulL (5,872 comments) says:

    Haha. Chick thing. I always argue with my better half about this – you set the temperature you want and let the thermostat manage itself to get there. She likes to put it onto full roast – else it isn’t working properly. Ten minutes later we’re all hot, so she puts it on full chill because she’s too hot. Ten minutes later back onto roast again. She likes being her own manual thermostat. We argue about it many times, for some reason it isn’t believable that a magic computer thingy could just keep the temperature nice and comfortable.

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  9. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    Eee by gum you’re all lucky… if I want the temperature to drop I just take a layer of newspaper off the pile I sleep under, and if I want it warmer I let a dog end smoulder in the pile… Thermostats and air conditioning… tsk… :-D

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  10. labrator (1,744 comments) says:

    18-22.

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  11. Neil (555 comments) says:

    I live in Gore, which is the whipping boy of TVNZ news and weather, they record when it is really cold and then in the middle of summer they pull a hot one out. Alexandra, Twizel,probably Ohakune etc are all much colder.The cold is invigorating !
    I have a new heat pump and find that 21 is just about perfect. The same in a car.
    I had an experience in Viet Nam where I got the air conditioning down to 16 in the hotel, the room attendants complained of extreme cold.One walked out from the room into a steam sauna.
    My determinant of room temperature is when I can comfortably lounge around in shorts.

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  12. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    Funny you should write about this today — I’m bitching about the temperature inside my rented house today in my own blog.

    I don’t have a lot of choice here — living in an uninsulated house in Tokoroa means that even with the old (inefficient) wood-burner going full bore I’ve been lucky to break into double digits anywhere other than within a couple of metres of that fire.

    The temperature in my office on Sunday never got past 7 degrees C and even today I’m sitting here with so many clothes I can hardly move, a hottie underfoot and a woolen beanie on my head — yet still shivering.

    Please think of the poor and disadvantaged when you rich people just turn up the thermostat :-)

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  13. Johnboy (14,876 comments) says:

    What temperature do you think Alt TV will set on the thermostat when Lisa Lewis starts reading the news on may 12th?

    Probably fairly high would be my guess as it is wintery and they would not want any surprises popping up.

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  14. PaulL (5,872 comments) says:

    aardvark: how do we still have uninsulated houses in this day and age? I thought the govt had provided a subsidy to landlords and to homeowners to get insulation put in. It’d sure save you a fortune in firewood.

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  15. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    I think the key word there is “subsidy”.

    If you’re a landlord, why spend money (even subsidised money) on a property when there’s no benefit in doing so?

    You can’t charge more rent (because many landlords are already charging what the market will bear) and with the decline in property values you’re not even going to recoup it by way of capital gains.

    The easiest way to boost profit is to cut spending ;-)

    Mind you, this house is quite a bit better than the first one we rented when we came here, the wind would blow through gaps in the wall in that one and the concrete bathroom floor was very slippery (with ice) in mid-winter — that’s if your feet didn’t stick to the ice first.

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