"It's not spiders I dislike, just people." -Petra
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is in your opinion the "just right" setting for the thermostat? Not too hot, not too cold, just right.

-Goldilocks

A:

Dear Goldie,

I have a hard time answering that one, for two reasons. First of all, it's all relative. Did you just come inside when it was really hot/cold inside? Have you been walking around, exercising, or sitting still for an hour? I've never found a thermostat setting that I'm always happy with, because it's either too hot or too cold at various times.

The second reason is that I didn't grow up with a thermostat. We literally had no cooling or heating system in my house. We just opened the windows and used the breeze. So I'm used to about 85 degree weather with a nice, cool breeze.

This can have disastrous consequences at times. For instance, as a freshman at Provo during the winter my dream temperature was 78 degrees, but I realized my roommates would find that silly so I advocated for 74 degrees. (Alta woulda hated me, but then again our utilities were included in our rent so maybe not.) However, one of my roommates thought it should be at 68 degrees, and whenever she was home she would set it at that (regardless of what anyone else said). We got in a bit of a thermostat war, with me slowly inching up the heat so my roommate wouldn't notice and her slamming it back to 68 when she did, which resulted in the heating failing (which may or may not have been our fault, since it went out for half the building) and everyone trying to survive in 40-50 degrees for a few days. Boy, was I frosty.

-guppy of doom

A:

Dear Blondie, 

68 degrees. But I play thermostat wars with my roommate (who thinks it should be 76 degrees all the time.) Most of the time we settle at 70 - 72 degrees. But I like blankets and sweaters so I prefer it to be a bit colder inside. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear Goldilocks,

Like guppy of doom points out, it's all relative to what I've been doing/what the weather is like outside, but my rule of thumb is 71 degrees. It's usually not too hot, not too cold, and it's a temperature I can happily live with both in winter and in summer. 

That said, though, my freshman year I was so concerned about saving money that I refused to turn on the heat almost the entire winter (I was mostly doing this in solidarity with one of my roommates, who was from Boston, while our other roommate, from Alabama, suffered greatly). One day we woke up and the hinges on the inside of our door were covered with a thick layer of ice (not frost), and we realized that maybe our Alabama roommate had a good point about us needing to turn up the heat.

-Alta

A:

Dear peruvian cloud bat.

That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

--Ardilla Rhode Island

A:

Dear Goldilocks,

I second Guesthouse and vote for 68 degrees. I'm fine turning it up a little bit during the day, but at night 68 degrees is perfect.

Love,

Luciana