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Old 11-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Setting Home Thermostat When Gone

This question is for Northern U.S. and Canadian RV'ers that become snowbirds in the winter. We'll be going to Florida for 6 weeks this winter. In our house, I'll be draining all my water pipes, adding RV anti-freeze to drains, turning off the water, disconnecting unnecessary electricity, etc., but what temperature should I set the house furnace thermostat?
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Last time we left during the winter we were gone for two weeks I set the thermostat on 60.

Was real cool when we got back but it warmed right up after I started the pellet stove.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Don't live in that cold, but we don't drain anything but the outside hoses, don't put antifreeze in the drains, but do shut the water off to the toilets, shut off breaker to the 60 gal air compressor, metal lathe and the mig & tig welders. Turn the thermostat to 60, call the sheriff for our county house patrol, set the alarm and leave.
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We are Denver Colo ( read warmer). And have set our to 50*. We do not drain our pipes but master water valve is shut off. Also disconnect power to TV and Ice Box, house plants go to neighbors, hot water heater Off.
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Geeeze... I set the thermostat at 60 at night and 64-65 during the day. I was thinking more of setting it at 45-50 while being gone.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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I think 50 would be fine. You can shut off the water, but the rest is just overkill, in my opinion. Your house doesn't freeze solid with outside temps in the 50's, does it?
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I think 50 would be fine. You can shut off the water, but the rest is just overkill, in my opinion. Your house doesn't freeze solid with outside temps in the 50's, does it?
The reason why I thought I should drain the water and fill the drains with anti-freeze is if we lost power for an extended period or the furnace died.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #8
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im thinkin ... thats why you have house insurance ... doesnt matter if you are there or not without power .. everyone is up the river ..

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I set ours to 12C and turn the water off where it enters the basement, don't drain anything, unplug everything that does not need to be powered set the water heater to off and set the alarm also get one of our kids to drop by once a week to check on things and that also fills the insurance peoples problem about having an un attended house (any excuse they can). I can also turn the thermostat up on line if I want to and do so on our way back, it's nice to come to a warm house.
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The reason why I thought I should drain the water and fill the drains with anti-freeze is if we lost power for an extended period or the furnace died.
I doubt if your inside temp would drop below freezing. If I were you I would worry more about your outdoor spigots. You might want to put some insulation in a plastic milk bottle and cover them unless you have frost freeze spigots on the outside of your home. I would also set you temp to 45 degrees inside. You will heat in the day from the sun, but the night drop would or could freeze your pipes from the spigots. Have fun in florida..
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