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Minimum temperature in unused room?

We live in a townhouse. No central heating—each room has its own electric baseboard heater and thermostat. Two of our rooms will be little used over the winter. Is there a recommended minimum temperature to set the thermostats at? I keep reading 15º but that is for an entire house with central heating and pipes that could freeze. There is no plumbing in either of these two rooms nor in the walls adjacent to them. If we shut the heat off entirely the rooms may drop to 12º or so. Is that ok? I've seen how paint peels in abandoned buildings that are unheated over the winter, I'm guessing that's not a concern with 12º?
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12ºC is fine. Last year I went on vocation for 6 weeks, set my temp to 10ºc.
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The temperature should be high enough to control humidity. You don't want the walls to become moldy.
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Just get one bedroom condo. Plenty of families that could use extra rooms. Why not rent those unused rooms? Even at $300-400 each would pay your utilities for the whole townhouse.
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Tommy74 wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 5:37 pm
Just get one bedroom condo. Plenty of families that could use extra rooms. Why not rent those unused rooms? Even at $300-400 each would pay your utilities for the whole townhouse.
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Gee wrote: Some people want their privacy
Privacy in the townhouse?? Please..
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why don't you shut off the baseboard heaters but leave the doors open to the rooms. That way the ambient heat from the rest of the house will keep those rooms more than adequate.
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We just leave our baseboard thermostats off here in Victoria and it's rarely too cold for us - although with the heat off our unit may only get as low as 13.
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peelhic wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 6:13 pm
why don't you shut off the baseboard heaters but leave the doors open to the rooms. That way the ambient heat from the rest of the house will keep those rooms more than adequate.
Because the cooler air from the room will migrate across the floor and make your feet cold.
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. I'm just going to turn the heat off in both rooms and close the doors. I'll monitor how cold it gets in there.
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Kiraly wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 10:07 pm
Thanks for the responses, everyone. I'm just going to turn the heat off in both rooms and close the doors. I'll monitor how cold it gets in there.
Be careful with air movement as well. If the door is closed for a long time, you won't have much air movement and moisture/musty stale air may build up.
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lennyandcarl wrote:
Nov 10th, 2018 6:24 pm
We just leave our baseboard thermostats off here in Victoria and it's rarely too cold for us - although with the heat off our unit may only get as low as 13.
A friend I know in the same locale is doing the same thing. I find that some rooms in his house has a bit of a moldy smell.
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