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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.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 10-Nov-13 22:01:15

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


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.

EthelredOnAGoodDay Sun 10-Nov-13 22:04:39

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

ilovepowerhoop Sun 10-Nov-13 22:06:48

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.

MrsCakesPremonition Sun 10-Nov-13 22:11:30

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.

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