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Readers Respond: At What Temperature Do You Keep Your House?

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Do you live in Arizona? At what temperature do you keep your home in the summer? Tell us what the average temperature is in your Phoenix area house on a summer day when it is 100+ degrees outside, and you are at home. Do you keep it at 74°F? 84°F? Somewhere in between? How about at night? How about during the winter months? Tell us what the inside temperature is like at your house!

Summer in Vegas

It's so hot here that unless I set the thermostat to 81-82 my bill would be over $300 during summer months. Plus I've got a pool. So yes i would prefer the temp setting at 78-80 but I just don't like seeing a 1/3 of my check going to power companies. Yes I seem to fight with my wife over the thermostAt settings, but then again she's not the one who pays the bills in this house.
—Guest Slava

How cool is our house?

We keep our summer thermostat between 79º & 81º. Occasionally I bump it up to between 82º & 84º, but not for long, or at least without the fans running. ....We've been in Cave Creek for just over a year now... this is our second summer. :o)
—Guest Nancy

a.c. thempeature in house like it 68-70

Is this is good cooling temp. rangecan't stand warm home or can't sleep in hot house.
—Guest liz

best temp

Best in the house is 73f summer time 65 winter it work well for all in the house
—Guest zuly

Heat affects a lot of things

If your house is hot it will rot your books and photos {some people turn their AC off when not at home !!!}, pets suffer if your house is too warm/hot, remember heat can just ruin things. My mother had a whole bookcase of books {a large,built in bookcase} just rot because she turned the AC off when she was away. If a room is too warm it can make pet food/kibble and canned food go bad, it can ruin vitamins if they are not refrigerated and medicines too.
—Guest Guest in AZ


Summer: 78 6m-7am 84 during the day. Highest bill $245. Winter: 76 6m-7am, 68 during the day. Highest bill: $53. 1850 sft home.
—Guest AMC

staying comfortable summer winter

I have lived in Phx for 30 years but grew up in NY with 4 seasons, a lot of humidity & snow. My current house is a 1952 build, 1200 sq ft. I replaced all windows, doors, the AC, roof & insulation in the last 4-10 years. I planted shade trees & bushes strategically. I maintain in the winter 72- & 74, summer 77-80, ceiling fans in all rooms. My bill has been $85-$100/month on equalizer plan through APS. The improvements made all the difference in being comfortable year round! My neighbors bills are 2x mine because they haven't done the same, especially the windows.
—Guest Guest Bobbie

I hate feeling hot

Thermostat is set at 70 deg, 24/7, 365/year. If it calls for a/c or heat, they go on automatically.
—Guest Its Me

El Cheapo

I winter in south Texas 6 miles north of the border. I summer in Arizona in Peoria, I use a swamp cooler until the Few point goes above 50 then switch to A/C central unit. APS bills about $80 until A/C central jumps in then $100 to $180 with A/C set at 80 day 75 nights. Bye the way swamp cooler keep the house 25 degrees cooler April when it reached 105 degrees in Pheonix 2012. Wish I could use swamp cooler in south Texas but humidity too high and dew point about 60 plus. PS Use ceiling fans in every room! I do in both states & house is 1200sf FYI
—Guest Marcus

i hate to cold

My home temp is 85 degrees in the winter time and 80 degrees in the summer
—Guest christopher

temp settings Avondale

78 summer. Work at home and have separate AC in office set at 74. On sch w/lower cost except 3-6 M-F. 1,600 sf with $225/mn fixed to average out. Have $600 credit built-up through Mar for hotter summer months. We had a 1,275. SF condo in San Diego (moved 7/11) and averaged $275/month. Electricity much less in Phonix
—Guest guest


I live in Florida so to live and breath comfortably I keep it on 74-75. It doesn't run my bill up either. Any higher and I'll suffocate!
—Guest britt

Humid Florida

(wife works at home, controls the temp choice): summer 78 - 80 (75 sometimes to chill the air for an hour or three), winter 68. When I was in college fraternity house in Boston: winter 58 unless someone had a clod. summer open windows: whatever, no ac allowed. One winter the pipes in the cellar froze: cheap is not always best!!!!!!!!
—Guest Noel


i live in canada, right now its jan 31st and and -16 celsius outside, and my house is about 2500 square feet. my mother absolutely refuses to put the thermostat above 64. its so cold in here my hands are blue, and she doesnt turn the heat on usually till the middle of november.
—Guest akendrick

Temperatures at home

Right now, it's December 23, 2011 and I am needing it at 74. My mom yelled at me; Anyways,.....!! -- Sometimes 68 is high enough. Right now, it's only about 36 degrees out and we have but around an 800 sq ft home.
—Guest Anna

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