We get it: The weather has been very cold lately in the Lower 48, including places that normally don’t see single-digit temps. But is setting your thermostat to 70 degrees or higher the right way to go?
Some 28 percent of the 2,035 people interviewed by HomeServe aim for more than 70 degrees. Of those warm-blooded creatures, 34 percent are elderly and 32 percent are millennials (18 to 34).
I can understand the elderly having trouble regulating their body temperatures. But what’s with all these young pups who just can’t stay warm? Do they own no sweaters?
Another note: 27 percent of those who live with another person can’t agree on the heat setting. I can relate; as noted in this “thermostat wars” piece for Money Talks News, I could never understand why my ex-husband kept raising the temperature vs. just putting on another layer.
That MTN article offers 13 tips for keeping warm during the winter months without cranking up the thermostat. Well, one of them does mention strategic use of a space heater.
That’s “strategic” use, not “burn it at high temperatures during all waking hours.” Seriously: The right clothing and the right attitude do a lot toward staying comfortable. Think of it as self-winterization.
A zone of warmth
I feel bad for the folks in not-usually-that-cold climates, especially those whose homes weren’t exactly designed for warmth. (Hello, Atlanta! Did you ever get those pipes thawed?)
But burning beaucoup BTUs probably isn’t the smartest way to go. No matter how high you turn that thermostat, it’s not likely ever to be toasty. It’ll just be not-quite-as-cold, and your budget will take a huge hit.
Take a look at those tips and see if any apply to your situation. You’ll have actual warmth surrounding your body and can actually move around comfortably vs. huddling by a space heater. Some long johns, a heated throw, a rice sock or a hot cup of Lemon Zinger can turn your whole day around.
Readers: How have you been coping with this unusual winter? Got any tips to share?