Is 15 degrees an OK indoor temperature?

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nappyaddict Sun 10-Nov-13 21:55:48

I have got tshirt, cardigan and hoody on plus socks and slipper boots. I feel fine temperature wise. We have a real thermometer in the room that tells you the exact temperature as opposed to one of those colour changing ones so I know it really is 15 degrees and not any colder. Sister came round earlier and said it was freezing and that we were neglecting our poor DS in that temperature. We haven't had the heating on yet and trying to hold out until December cos of a big bill earlier in the year. Does anyone else wait until December if they can?

Auntidote Sun 10-Nov-13 21:57:18

Er, no.

It's freezing.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 10-Nov-13 21:58:03

It's about 4 egress too cold for me to be comfortable in (with vest, t shirt, jumper, trousers, socks and down slippers on).

I think it is also 3 degrees below the recommended temperatures for children and the elderly.

I guess if you're all comfortable though, that's the main thing.

NoAddedSuga Sun 10-Nov-13 21:58:32

How old is the child?

UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 10-Nov-13 21:59:04

I'd be cold at that temperature, but my DH and DS would probably be fine. It's up to you of course, of you're all happy, then it's fine smile.

I would be absolutely freezing at that temperature, but if you're all happy with that, then it's fine smile

TheRobberBride Sun 10-Nov-13 22:01:35

15 degrees inside is too cold for me. 18 degrees is the minimum I'm prepared to tolerate.

Is your DS cold? If he's well wrapped up and not chilly I suppose there's no problem.

Are you unable to afford to put the heating on or do you just not want to?

Sidge Sun 10-Nov-13 22:02:29

Not for me.

I feel very cold if my house goes below 17 degrees. I like it 17-19 and that's with me wearing slippers, jumper etc.

BitsinTatters Sun 10-Nov-13 22:03:04

Brrrrr

Trills Sun 10-Nov-13 22:04:05

Public Health England says that you should keep your house at 21 degrees in the living room and 18 in the bedroom.

If you feel fine, and you are healthy and fit and not suffering from any illness that would make you not notice that you were dangerously cold, then that's OK for you, but 15 degrees is cold by most people's standards.

Bit too cold for me. 18 is our min.

PenguinsDontEatPancakes Sun 10-Nov-13 22:04:50

Yes, it's cold. But if you are all fine...

I would need vest, long sleeved top, jumper and then fleece, plus assorted extra layers on legs, feet and a scarf. I'd be dressed for outside basically.

Other people find that cold ok I guess.

ShreddedHoops Sun 10-Nov-13 22:05:01

That is really cold. Schools send children home if it goes as low as 16.

18 minimum, but I prefer 20-22.

Hulababy Sun 10-Nov-13 22:05:08

It would be far too cold for me. I prefer it to be about 20 or so. No colder. I also don't like sitting bundled up with lots of clothes on, and no keen on socks!

Our thermostat is only set to about 16/17 but that is because it is on the groundfoor and all out main living space are on the next two floors up, plus as a modern house it is well insulated - hot air rises and all that, so top two loors are arm.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 10-Nov-13 22:05:51

Too cold for me

I feel cold when the indoor temperature dips below 18 degree so 15 would be baltic for me. I dont wait for a particular date to heat the house, if I am cold I will have the heating on - it is on a timer with a thermostat set to about 17/18 degrees at the moment.

thenicknameiwantedisgone Sun 10-Nov-13 22:07:15

That really is too cold for your DS if he is little.

It's a few degrees too cold for me too.

SilkySocksSinkShips Sun 10-Nov-13 22:08:23

We started putting the heating on this week once our thermostat showed 16°C. Although to some, 15° is fine and to others it's too cold. To me, that's too cold. Any less isn't really ideal.

Trills Sun 10-Nov-13 22:09:38

World Health Organisation says that 16C is the lowest it should be in a workplace.

Helpyourself Sun 10-Nov-13 22:10:43

How old is your son.
If he's too young to say he's cold, you have to put the heating on.

Our house has been hovering at 15-16 degrees this week while I've been alone in the house. TBH it was getting uncomfortable and I'm glad we've now put the heating on.

BerstieSpotts Sun 10-Nov-13 22:12:20

Not for me. I'd be miserable. I'm miserable at 18 degrees!

BerstieSpotts Sun 10-Nov-13 22:13:22

If your DS is pre-verbal you can check his body temperature by putting one hand/finger down the back of his collar. It should feel hot but not clammy or sweaty. Not warm or cool.

hettienne Sun 10-Nov-13 22:14:17

Sounds cold to me. I usually have it at 16 overnight but 18-20 in the day.

peggyblackett Sun 10-Nov-13 22:15:31

That is cold. I'm all for putting more clothes on - but I do think that that is too cold for kids.

Preciousbane Sun 10-Nov-13 22:15:56

My house is currently 18.3, that is just about right for me. My DS refuses to have the radiator on in his room but this is a child who will happily loll about in shirts and a t.shirt when the house is at 18 as he is a very hot person. We would melt at 20 to 22.

we dont have ours on overnight and in the winter it can get down to about 14 degrees but we dont feel it because we are cosy in bed. I would not find 15 degrees comfortable during the day indoors

miggy Sun 10-Nov-13 22:16:45

Well I have a cattery with computer controlled thermostatic heating set at 19 degrees
In our house on the other hand we have not put the heating on yet so outside of the kitchen ( aga) and in the evenings a fire in the sitting room, it's getting chilly, much colder than the cat pens, as I tell them every morningsmile
But perfectly liveable, once we put the heating on we go through oil like its water! Usually last till December

NoComet Sun 10-Nov-13 22:17:18

For a polar bear

NoComet Sun 10-Nov-13 22:17:52

Or my DMIL, not for normal humans

MooncupGoddess Sun 10-Nov-13 22:18:18

It really depends what you're used to; my flat is 16 degrees at the moment and that's fine as far as I'm concerned.

I don't have children so am not qualified to comment there, but for most of Western European history children have grown up in homes that are as cold or colder than this. However, if you haven't had the heating on at all this year your house is more liable to get damp, and that is definitely unhealthy. Maybe worth putting the heating on for a couple of hours here and there...?

BlueSprite Sun 10-Nov-13 22:20:13

We are also trying to hold out until December. It's cold. Temp is 15 in the living room, and 14 in the kitchen and bathroom. I have a hot water bottle nearly all the time! Also have a 3 year old DS who doesn't appear to mind the cold. He's happy with just a jumper on top of his normal clothes. I, on the other hand, am wearing three layers on top and two on the bottom! I do put the heating on when we have visitors.

IAlwaysThought Sun 10-Nov-13 22:20:29

15 is too cold for me but you can get used to it.

LadyMetroland Sun 10-Nov-13 22:20:32

Too cold for me.

Hope your ds is well wrapped up with lots of layers.

At my work the office is kept at 21 degrees as that is the best temperature for working comfortably without having to wear loads of extra clothes - that's based on proper research (so we were told). Either way, 15 is freezing for inside a home.

It would be too cold for me definitely unless I were moving around constantly. Sitting watching telly in that temperature would have me shivering unless I had a duvet over and a hot water bottle to hug. 18 degrees would be better, OP. Pref 21 for young, old or ill people.

If bills are an issue can you at least have some form of heating going in the living room (or main living space that you all use?)

Alexandrite Sun 10-Nov-13 22:22:49

Is your house newish and well insulated or old and draughty? I've noticed that a low temperature feels ok in my sister's 10 year old house, but not in my 1880s draughty house.

FrillyMilly Sun 10-Nov-13 22:23:04

That's cold. I like the house to be about 23 if we are up and about. It would be ok if we were in bed.

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sun 10-Nov-13 22:24:51

Too cold. Our baby monitor used to bleep if it dropped below 16 or above 24 in DD's room.

FunnyRunner Sun 10-Nov-13 22:25:46

Our house without heating is usually 16 deg at the minute sad With heating it's about 18-19 which is noticeably warmer and more comfortable but we just can't have it on constantly.

2kidsintow Netherlands Sun 10-Nov-13 22:26:51

People are obsessed with what the thermometer says.

Pre-DCs we had no central heating and made do with a gas fire in one room. We upgraded to adding electric radiators in the bedrooms when DD1 came along.

When DD2 arrived, it didn't make financial sense to be running more electrical radiators so we took a deep breath and fitted central heating.

Now I'm a wuss because I've got used to it. I've slept in caravans where the condensation from our breath froze in little droplets on the ceiling in the night - I wouldn't be able to do that now.


Each to their own too, DH doesn't feel the cold.

BUT..... if you are having to sit wearing 3 layers of clothes, then unless your DC is equally well dressed and is able to be active, then perhaps you need to add some heat.

miffybun73 Sun 10-Nov-13 22:27:31

I would be freezing. Our heating is set to 16 at night and 20 in the day. I just can't imagine how cold it must feel at 15 sad

KuppiKahvia Sun 10-Nov-13 22:29:09

You can acclimatise to a cooler house.
We lived for years in a draughty difficult to heat house.
Since the moving we've had our house at 16 max. We have blankets for sitting watching TV but that is the only time it can feel chilly. My dd's are 4 and 7. I put layers and slippers on them and they continually strip them off, to me a good sign of being warm enough. They both feel too hot at school, I've had to stop sending them in their vests and they rarely wear their cardigans at school.
I don't heat the house overnight but have the heating servo warm it up again before we get up.

If you and your son are comfortable then ignore your sister. That said even I have had the heating on this year.

HappyMummyOfOne Sun 10-Nov-13 22:33:31

Too cold and under the recommended temperature. Not nice for guests to freeze when visiting people either.

FlapDragon Sun 10-Nov-13 22:34:01

Our house is often at 15. The other morning it was down at 13! We have a 5 and 3 year old. They don't seem to notice the cold and often take off clothes when I put them on them. They are pretty active though, running around a lot, never staying still. They complain if I have the back door open so I know they are capable of telling me if it's too cold!
My 5 year old has been wearing shorts outside for the last few days, again, his choice. Personally I got him out thermals and jeans to wear, he turned them down.
I do wear two pairs of socks as I find my feet get cold. In previous years, I have also noticed, that once the heating goes on, then I do notice a lot when it drops to 15 so I think it's down to what you're used to. At the moment I'm used to it being 15. Once I've had the heating on a bit (normally set to 18) I'll be used to it being 18 and 15 will seem like freezing.

MirandaWest Sun 10-Nov-13 22:34:24

I try to only have it at 16 degrees during the day time when there's only me in the house. Have put it up to 17 this evening but does seem particularly cold today. Have got a throw wrapped round me as well though.

Heating goes off at 10:30 - I can't stand being hot at night. When I stay in someone else's house I am often much too warm.

aftereight Sun 10-Nov-13 22:39:06

My draughty old house has been 12-14 degrees in the daytime this week. Freezing.
The heating only takes it up to around 17 degrees.
I want to move!

OpenMindedSceptic Sun 10-Nov-13 22:39:46

When DS was a tiny, we lived in a very cold victorian flat conversion. Having heating on for hours only made marginate difference. It was often colder than 15 degrees. He had lots of layers on and was absolutely fine.

KuppiKahvia Sun 10-Nov-13 22:40:06

That is a good point about guests. I do mine the courtesy of turning the heating up (in advance if possible so they don't feel bad) to 18 and checking they are warm enough.

Preciousbane Sun 10-Nov-13 22:40:48

We have a min setting of 10 degrees for overnight, it's a frost stat to save the pipes really. We only ever had the heating on overnight two years ago in that dreadful winter when it was down to -17.

Sidge Sun 10-Nov-13 22:41:26

miranda me too - my heating goes off when the children go to bed, and if I get chilly I'll wrap a blanket around me in the sofa. If it's REALLY cold I'll light a fire.

I couldn't sleep with the heating on, but do set the timer so it comes on before I get up. My mum leaves hers on overnight at about 21 degrees - I can't sleep there, it's stifling!

Xmasbaby11 Sun 10-Nov-13 22:49:35

I am a hot person and always turning the heating down at work. But 15 degrees is cold! It sounds like you need to wear a lot of clothes to stay warm. I would turn on the heating, just a bit, to keep it to 16-17.

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 10-Nov-13 22:54:30

I don't know how all your houses are 15/16 without heating on. When DH and I got home at 9 from a meal out it was 5 degrees in the car.

We have a pretty swish new system and can have different temperatures at different times. I think DH set it for about 14 degrees over night with bursts at 18 first thing, for a couple of hours when dd gets home and then again from about 9-10.30.

To be fair, I'm a bit chilly at the moment in a light jumper, leggings, boots and cotton scarf.

nappyaddict Sun 10-Nov-13 23:00:28

Do you really think that is a lot of clothes? That's just my normal amount of layers in the winter, it's not like I'm sitting inside with outdoor clothes on. I add a coat, hat, scarf and gloves for going outside. If I was having to keep that on inside then yes I would think it was too cold. I have seen people in this country wear shorts and a vest top in outdoor temperatures of 15 degrees. I personally think that is mad!! Our house was built in the 60s I think.

Quangle Sun 10-Nov-13 23:00:38

oh my gosh I would cry at that temperature. I keep my house at 22 and am sitting here with several layers on anyway. If it drops to 19 I feel uncomfortable and putting another layer on doesn't help - I seem to lack the ability to warm up from inside. Especially just sitting watching tv or whatever - I don't particularly feel the cold if I am outside and moving about but when I am sitting down I struggle to keep warm.

I know I do feel the cold a lot but 15 seems horribly cold to me. But if you all have the metabolism for it then good for you!

Quangle Sun 10-Nov-13 23:01:46

I'm wearing about what you are wearing nappyaddict and my heating is on full blast! You are tough as nails grin

delasi Sun 10-Nov-13 23:06:24

It's a good point about considering the age of the DC and whether they can articulate if they're cold and seeing how well wrapped up they are. DS is only 11mo and spends all day crawling, cruising and jumping so he is quite active but also couldn't tell me if he was chilly. If we think it's slightly cool, then we assume that DS might be feeling that too and put on an extra top or similar.

I feel the cold very easily, DH is a very warm person, so if I feel cold and DH feels normal (ie not hot), then it's probably a little bit cool but not actually cold. We have thermometers dotted all around the place by default (they are integrated into other appliances) so we're anywhere between 18C and 20C at the moment without heating on (well insulated loft) depending on the time of day - coolest first thing, warms up throughout the day - but it feels about a degree cooler due to draughtiness (old single glazed windows).

15C is definitely too cold for both of our comfort without heating on and with DS I would be a bit nervous. However we used to live in a place that would hover around 12C in winter and we didn't put the heating on, we managed fine but it was very cold! We pretty much just lived under the duvet and only cooked things that could be thrown in the oven so we could run back under said duvet.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 10-Nov-13 23:06:48

OP, its fine and not too cold for kids.
Honestly, just wear lots of layers, hot drinks etc.
Do you know about putting cling film around your windows and do you have thick curtains, drought excluders etc.
Lots of people my age grew up without heating, we're all soft now, including me who has heating on [embarrassed]

antimatter Sun 10-Nov-13 23:07:48

this tip may be handy (with all precautions taken)

www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/heat-your-room-8-pence-day

foxy6 Sun 10-Nov-13 23:21:36

I have no idea what the temperature is in the house but I haven't put the heating on. in wrapped up nice and warn but ds who is six seems quite happy having spent all weekend in shorts and t shirt shock .

bordellosboheme Sun 10-Nov-13 23:32:56

That's too cold for your children. Our house is 23 degrees tonight (in front of the fire) and colder in the bedroom.

HormonalHousewife Sun 10-Nov-13 23:45:49

We live in a cold house and happily survive

typically its around 15 but can easily be 13 or less during the day.

I won't put the heating on if there is just me at home.

We can't afford to keep the heating on all the time ( Well we could but we'd have to starve)

I'm not asking for sympathy btw, I live in a huge old house that from the outside would get many an envious look.

Guests that know us well dress accordingly and I always make sure the heating has been on when they are with us.

I can't stand visiting people with hot houses I come over all funny like I'm having a hot flush...

BeQuicksieorBeDead Sun 10-Nov-13 23:53:30

Ours is about 17 degrees and the heating has been on for hours! Bloody old leaky house! I get under a duvet to watch tv but my nose feels like I have been outside in a blizzard.

ATouchNervous Mon 11-Nov-13 00:12:19

Over winter our house is usually around 16 downstairs and quite a bit colder upstairs, I turn it up if we have guests. The DC are young but they are fine, they are wrapped up for bed but run around lots in the day.

Wetting myself at the thought of Public Health England saying it should be 21 in living areas and 18 in bedrooms - are they going to pay my fuel bills for me!

Raddy Mon 11-Nov-13 00:20:06

No, too cold.

We house sat for some friends last December and they had their heating thermostat set to 16 degrees.

It was freezing until I cranked it up to 21, they are very wealthy so I didn't feel too guilty

MomentForLife Mon 11-Nov-13 00:50:57

Sounds fine to me,if you're all happy. DD and I are both hot people though, I've been comfortable in just a long sleeve top and cardi today (outdoors). I would put it on for baths/showers in the morning though.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 11-Nov-13 01:28:18

Far too cold for me. Our living room is normally at 20-21, the bedrooms a degree or two cooler.

How old is your DS?

Ecuador Mon 11-Nov-13 07:56:32

Oh my goodness I would freeze in those temperatures and be utterly miserable. I've always thought that I would much prefer to live in a tiny house and be warm than in a big house and be cold. I'm very lucky that I live in a medium size cottage that is cosy, I thank my lucky stars every day that we can afford to heat it properly.

Have friends who we were with on Saturday who live in a lovely house but refuse to heat it as they are stingy (their appraisal and I know it to be true) we all sat in coats rubbing our arms hmm wtf is that all about?

specialsubject Mon 11-Nov-13 11:57:26

nobody would die, you'd go outside in that easily!

if your child is too young to move about, make sure it is wrapped up properly. If it can move about, move it about and also supply appropriate clothes.

dance around, do some housework or put outdoor clothes on and go out for a brisk walk.

main thing to avoid is damp, which is mostly why we use our heating more now.

Ecuador Mon 11-Nov-13 13:05:00

Well of course you wouldn't die but it would be very uncomfortable. There is only so much housework, dancing around hmm one can do in one's house over a 16 hour period presuming you go and huddle in bed the other few hours.

Atari Mon 11-Nov-13 13:19:32

Where are you? Last winter I made appoint of never putting the heating on when I was in the house alone. I would wrap up and generally be active doing HW etc but it never, even during the very cold spell, got below 16 degrees. (which is very cold for indoors btw)

We've hardly had the heating on yet but the indoor temp hasn't dropped below 17. Do you need some insulation improvements?

I find 18 comfortable when busy but like 19-20 in the evenings if sat in front of the TV

18 at night in a bedroom would be far too hot for me.

Branleuse Mon 11-Nov-13 13:28:36

too cold for me. I think 18 is my limit if im wearing thermals, but im comfortable at 19/20. Any higher than that is a bit extravagant

lifesgreatquestions Mon 11-Nov-13 13:31:17

That's too cold for me, sounds like a lot of us are in agreement! I prefer 19.

MirandaWest Mon 11-Nov-13 13:50:16

Mine is 16 at the moment and it really is fine. I have a scarf on but I like wearing a scarf. It isn't freezing and I am not feeling cold.

PeterParkerSays Mon 11-Nov-13 14:02:45

Our boiler thermostat is broken, so it was 12 degrees yesterday lunchtime - the thermostat knows how cold it is, but can't transfer that into a command for the boiler to switch the heating on sad.

We have the fire in the living room and that's it, but actually we've been fine. We all have blankets under the bottom sheet and sufficient bedding to feel cosy in bed (DS has 5 blankets and a duvet and wears a onesie, we have 2 duvets and 3 blankets) and just pile on layers as we need them - I was wearing my dressing gown on top of my day clothes on Saturday night as an extra layer. It isn't glamorous, but so long as you just keep adding layers until you're warm, it's fine. I've worn leggings under pyjamas at night for example, as my legs were getting cold with just my PJ bottoms on.

I would like us to have our thermostat on at 17 degrees normally, and with double glazing and cavity wall insulation, that's fine.

It's cold. I lived in Asia and it got very cold in winter. No heating....

Damnautocorrect Mon 11-Nov-13 14:05:29

I physically can't get my house past 15 in winter and it's too cold for me really. But if your all fine with it than its no one else's business, I warn people to wrap up before coming over though.

YoucancallmeQueenBee Mon 11-Nov-13 14:09:18

I think it depends on your house to some degree. My current house is very dry and so even when it is cold it isn't too unpleasant. The house I grew up in was damp & when that was cold it was horrible and you would feel chilled to the bone.

Wrapped up in plenty of layers 15 degs is tolerable, as long as you are moving around and you have cups of tea or food to help keep you warm inside. If you came to visit the house & didn't have enough clothes on & were sitting still, then it would feel really chilly.

AndTwoBits Mon 11-Nov-13 15:43:39

That is freezing to me. I have ours at about 21c cause i am a cold creature, i cant bear the cold.

We used to have ours at 21 but last winter turned it down to 19 and got used to it. This year we have turned it down to 17 and still fine. It doesn't even come on most mornings.

WHen I'm working from home I don't put it on at all. Socks, slippers, shirt and cardi, and then every so often I go outside and then when I come back in I feel nice and warm.

I have no sympathy for people with high fuel bills if they have the thermostat set to 23 grin if it were that warm outside I'd be in a sleeveless dress.

Artandco Mon 11-Nov-13 16:14:24

Freezing by our standards. It's 19 degrees in here and I have vest, long sleeve thermal top, knitted dress, thick woollen tights and pair of ski socks on!

UriGeller Mon 11-Nov-13 16:16:21

Got a 2yo and a 10 mo baby. its 15-16 in here during the day. We are all pretty active so we don't feel that its especially cold. The baby is held most of the time when she's not crawling about anyway.

Once we start sitting still, the same temp feels cold. The heating goes on in the evening, up to 18. Anything higher feels stifling. It might be that this house is very insulated with few draughts.

Meglet England Mon 11-Nov-13 16:19:25

Far too cold.

Mine veers between 20-25 degrees (usually on the higher setting TBH). It doesn't matter how many layers I put on, if the air is cold then I'm cold.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 11-Nov-13 16:20:58

That's too cold for me. It's stripping off that I'd find impossible at low temperatures - getting into a bath in a cold bathroom is so unpleasant.

ChipAndSpud Mon 11-Nov-13 16:22:12

Our heating doesn't seem to have a thermostat thing to come on automatically at a certain temperature.

I usually put the heating on when I feel cold and I've noticed our flat is around 18 degrees without any heating on at the moment, but there have been a few cold evenings where it's been 16 degrees and I've put the heating on.

I feel very hot and stuffy at some peoples houses, I think I'm happiest at 18 degrees!

eurochick Mon 11-Nov-13 16:22:34

20-22 is where I am happy, and that is with extra layers on indoors.

colditz Mon 11-Nov-13 16:27:04

Pits 15 degrees in my house and I keep taking my jumper off and putting it on again.

Two years ago I'd have argued vehemently that fifteen was far too low, but in all honestly I now believe you acclimate if you allow yourself to. I cannot sit in a room above about 16 degrees without taking my cardigan off, I find it so uncomfortable. At night, I set my thermostat to 13 to avoid damp, and personally I sleep with the window in my bedroom open. We all have fleece pyjamas and I often find my kids stripped in the morning because they're too hot.

Also, none of us have had the 'November Wheeze' that visits asthmatics every year, and I can't help thinking it's due to a fresher temperature in the house.

colditz Mon 11-Nov-13 16:27:55

To add, I whack the heat up to 20 at shower time because who wants to be cold and wet?

MirandaWest Mon 11-Nov-13 16:46:15

If I have a bath I put warm water in it and so it warms up the bathroom.

People wearing scarfs and tights and things if it's 19 degrees; is that what you do when it's that temperature outside?

ShatnersBassoon Mon 11-Nov-13 16:46:41

Colditz, if you're acclimatised to 15c, and 16c is so warm you can't wear a cardigan, why is being briefly undressed at that same temperature so cold you have to turn the heating right up? Genuine question, not doubting what you're saying. I don't understand how that works because I don't need to turn the heating up before we undress (thermostat usually on 19).

ShatnersBassoon Mon 11-Nov-13 16:47:49

People wearing scarfs and tights and things if it's 19 degrees; is that what you do when it's that temperature outside?

They probably would if they were as inactive outside as most people are at home.

MirandaWest Mon 11-Nov-13 17:05:43

Maybe I'm more active than I think I am grin I do try and go running at least twice a week.

SamPull Mon 11-Nov-13 17:10:12

I have the climate control in the car set to 19 all year round, and I wear one layer in the car, so 15 with jumpers on is fine - I'd happily not have our heating on but I get out-voted!

colditz Mon 11-Nov-13 17:39:57

Shatners, for some reason, my bathroom is the coldest room in the house. It's snug in my kitchen and living room but I would hate to be wet and naked in the bathroom. Being wet makes you lose your body heat so quickly, and being dry and in top to toe fleece helps you retain it.

colditz Mon 11-Nov-13 17:40:59

In other words, my living room is 15 degrees but the bathroom is somewhere between 10 and 12.

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 17:42:44

i was talking about this with dp the other day actually.

i grew up in a council house that had no central heating. we had a little gas fire in the sitting room and that was it.

i don't EVER remember being cold.

i guess my mum just dressed us for the temperature of the house??

My heating is on 18 and I have a hoody on and I'm bloody freezing.

I also grew up in a council house with very basic central heating and I could often be found sitting in the (very big) airing cupboard as I was so cold!

TessCackle Mon 11-Nov-13 17:49:49

I'm avoiding heating bar the twenty minute window of bath and bed. I can't afford to run it more and so I'm making sure we're both wrapped up. My thermostat is reading below 15 and both myself and DD are fine smile

Ecuador Mon 11-Nov-13 19:05:00

My car temp is often to be found at 27c blush

SamPull Tue 12-Nov-13 14:25:04

There is something wrong with you or the car, Ecuador! (or are you are a naked motorist?)

I think 15c is too cold to potter around a house normally. I expect I'd spend a lot of time thinking about how cold I was and how I was going to deal with it to occupy my mind with much else. Maybe I'm soft.

PigletJohn Tue 12-Nov-13 15:48:04

you get acclimatised.

If you had been living in Oz or SA you would think 20 was cold. I have been outside today in jeans and a fleece at 12C. My windowcleaner was working in his shirt (and a vest) and was working in shorts last month.

the gov website says "Keep warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (18 to 21°C)" but they are concerned about the sick and elderly. Fit people are naturally hardy. -40 is too cold for me, even wrapped up.

If your house is damp, it will feel uncomfortable. Draping wet washing around is the best way to make it damp.

If your bathroom feels damp it would benefit from an extractor fan that works.

IAlwaysThought Tue 12-Nov-13 16:36:39

I have never been as cold in my home as when I lived in South Africa. Joberg is at altitude and it was cold enough to snow when we lived there. The houses often have little if any insulation, no central heating and huge gaps round the doors. confused It was freezing first thing in the morning. Give me cozy UK houses any day.

SewCrafty Tue 12-Nov-13 16:47:18

I keep ours low 16deg C after school and eve, off the rest of the time, we can afford it on higher, I just can't stand it any higher especially running around doing housework. If it feels cold I put a cardi on or the fire on. I have v. good circulation though, hardly ever feel cold, my kids (7 and 9) are fine at this too.

Mumof3xx Wed 13-Nov-13 10:27:09

Ours is never bellow 19 or over 22

goodasitgets Thu 14-Nov-13 02:11:59

Mine is 14.5c at the minute, I have jogging bottoms, long sleeve t and socks on. Not cold
Overnight it can drop to 11c which is fine until I get up. Below 14c and I put the heating on to bring it up to 17/18 or so

Alwayscheerful Thu 14-Nov-13 12:14:09

I think you can get used to 15 degrees, for some reason 16 is a more acceptable temperature but you would still need one room maintained at 20 or 22 degrees, our house is big and old and very cold - think 5 degree in winter, we try and maintain it to 15/6 degrees all day and one room at 20 degrees with a Woodburner, I have to say I start to feel faint and begin to strip layers off if the temperature rises above 20 degrees.

A cooler house is a lot easier to bear if you CHOOSE to live at 15 degrees to conserve funds, you can do so fairly easily with lots of layers of cashmere and warm sheepskin lined boots but it is very miserable existence if it is enforced due to lack of funds and accompanied by lack of food and other essentials.

Everyone should be able to have at least one warm room, to me it seems very wasteful to heat an entire house.

nappyaddict Mon 18-Nov-13 14:52:13

Our kitchen is cooler - it has been down to around 13 due to poor insulation and a big kitchen with tiled floor, no underfloor heating and 2 small radiators which only heat it up to 15-17 degrees.

GooseyLoosey Mon 18-Nov-13 15:15:53

Our house gets cold enough to have ice on the inside of the windows and water left in a glass freeze in the kitchen.

I keep the room we are in warm and the heating is on around bed time/shower time and getting up time for the kids. Otherwise I have lovely fleecy pjs and lots of blankets.

Kids' friends do find our house cold so I try and remember to turn the heating on for them but if it is on for any length of time I feel like I'm over heating and have to retire to a room with the windows open.

lljkk Netherlands Mon 18-Nov-13 15:44:50

I need finger gloves, maybe hat & four layers on body right now (it's 17).
Friends complain that it's balmy if they get above 12 in their house.
I have to wear my coat & can only stay about 90minutes.
Am not sure about the acclimatisation theory, I used to wear shorts outside when snow on the ground, not any more!

valiumredhead Tue 19-Nov-13 13:03:11

It is 15 degrees ATM and not even remotely chilly here, I'm not even wearing tons of layers just a long sleeved t shirt and cardi.

It's 15-16 in my flat during the day atm, it goes down to 14 at night. We wear layers, use fan heaters in the bedrooms for quarter of an hour before bed and have blankets on the sofas.

If a guest complained I'd offer them a jumper or one of the blankets.

Eastpoint Wed 20-Nov-13 17:26:30

I find that my hands start to get too cold once its under 17. I wear sheepskin boots (like uggs) in the house to keep my feet warm, a gilet, woolly scarf etc. I have an electric blanket on my side of the bed so I can add a bit of warmth if I wake up because I'm too cold in the night.

Belize Wed 20-Nov-13 17:34:46

TheJoyfulPuddleJumper, are you doing this because you can't afford to heat your flat? If so, I totally understand, if it's just because you don't feel cold then I do sympathise with your poor guests. I would be utterly miserable at that sort of temperature and a jumper or blanket just wouldn't cut the mustard. If you are sitting down at a friend's house, which is usual, not running around hoovering or whatever, then your extremities can get very cold which is just horrible.

It's not very hospitable and I would be mortified if I thought someone was cold in my house although if it is due to finances it is of course a different story.

Matildathecat Wed 20-Nov-13 17:39:50

Depends how busy you are. If hoovering, housework etc I think it's ok but if sitting around it would feel cold.

I'm at home alone in the day and feel guilty for putting the heating on.

I do, though!

Belize yes, it's due to finances. I don't have guests often because of it, but I do have some lovely big coffee mugs that are good for wrapping your hands round!

valiumredhead Wed 20-Nov-13 19:10:32

I wouldn't give guests a blanket! That's outrageousangry


I'd give them a hot water bottlewink grin

Belize Wed 20-Nov-13 19:25:41

Get everyone over in the summer TheJoyfulPuddleJumper and go around to theirs in the winter grin!

Mcnorton Thu 21-Nov-13 08:48:44

Depends on child. Mine is always warm, he'd be fine at 15 degrees.

Belize Thu 21-Nov-13 10:01:06

Oh the children don't ever feel cold, it's ME I'm thinking about grin!

lifesgreatquestions Thu 21-Nov-13 11:22:50

I've just purchased room temp gauges and put them throughout the house and can therefore correct my previous post! I thought I was keeping the dial at around 20 but of course it isn't accurate, the house actually hovers at 17/18 degrees. This is great when we're moving around and doing stuff, it feels cold when we're sitting still on the sofa at night, but the bedroom has to get down to 15 to be ok for sleeping and I've since learned that 15 isn't as cold as I thought!

pussinwellyboots Thu 21-Nov-13 11:36:50

Glad to hear that there are others who don't worry too much at a chilly house. d(3.5)s and I are at home and temperature is 14. Its fine and our hands are not cold but I do have a fleece that I put on when I come into the house. He's going to nursery soon so I don't feel the need to put heating on. It takes a long time to heat up so.there's no point

Belize Thu 21-Nov-13 12:15:30

Puss it wouldn't take a long time to heat it up if you had it on low all the time. A stone cold house takes days/weeks to heat up properly.

My parents went to the States once in November for 10 days and decided to turn the heating off completely - omg that house was unbearably cold for ages after they got back. It was really chill through to the bones as it were.

PigletJohn Thu 21-Nov-13 12:31:26

Modern programable room thermostats are very good for that. You can set them for different temperatures at different times of day and days of week, and can (for example) set it to 12C for frost protection for 13 days holiday, returning to normal the day before you are scheduled to come home.

Insurers frown on claims for damage from burst pipes if the house was left empty and unheated during a winter holiday.

valiumredhead Thu 21-Nov-13 12:54:07

Piglet-we gave just fitted a new thermostat, it's fantastic and we have set it to come on at different temps at different times of the day. It's also so accurate that it had eliminated arguments Dh and I have about the house being too hot or cold. we got ours from Ebay and fitted it ourselves, it was half the price of an engineer doing it

nappyaddict Fri 22-Nov-13 09:33:00

Our kitchen was 11.4 when I got up today!! I would have put the heating on when we got up but we were both going out within 30 minutes so it seemed a bit pointless!

Idespair Fri 22-Nov-13 09:37:11

15 is really cold.

ExcuseTypos Fri 22-Nov-13 10:09:05

You get used to what you do. If you and the dc are ok at 15, then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinkssmile.

If its just me at home during the day, I hate putting the heating on so I wear- thermal leggings and vest, long sleeved t shrt, jumper, trousers, woolly socks, uggs and a scarf. I feel toasty warm. Its about 15/16 in the house. In the afternoon I'll light the wood burner and that keeps the house warm all evening. So we don't need to put the central heating on very much.

Homebird8 Fri 22-Nov-13 10:16:19

I've only skimmed the thread but can I pop in the World Health Organisation advice? They say that for health reasons living areas should be at a minimum of 18 deg.C in the day and bedrooms 16 deg.C at night. Below this the body can take a hit with regard to the immune system and pre-existing conditions like asthma etc. may be exacerbated. You can offset lower temperatures with increase clothing and activity though. Might be worth checking core body temperature if you feel cold. Below 35.5 deg.C indicates mild hypothermia.

ivykaty44 Fri 22-Nov-13 17:12:18

I have my heating on at 15 degrees and we wear jumpers and thick socks around the house, we are not cold. I do have the heating on at this temperature between 6pm-11pm and then again in the morning at 6am-8am.

I certainly put it up to around 18 degrees last winter with all the snow in January and we have electric blankets and sleep in pjs and thick socks to keep warm.

I grew up without central heating and we could lie in bed and blow white breath out.

I find a warmer house become uncomfortable for me and makes me wheezy as I am asthmatic so I keep the heating low and dress accordingly to the weather ( you will not find me in tshirt and shorts in the winter at home) - it is interesting to read that doing this would make it worse as I find the opposite smile

valiumredhead Fri 22-Nov-13 17:21:41

Ivy-I'm the same,I feel quite ill when the ch is too high.

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