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Old 01/16/07, 08:28 AM
 
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Setting thermostat during vacation

What temperature do you set your thermostat at when you are away from home during the winter?

We'll be on vacation for 2 weeks. I had planned to set the thermostat at 40 and was curious if anybody had any experience with pipes freezing with the thermostat set that low.

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Old 01/16/07, 09:04 AM
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What temperature do you set your thermostat at when you are away from home during the winter?

We'll be on vacation for 2 weeks. I had planned to set the thermostat at 40 and was curious if anybody had any experience with pipes freezing with the thermostat set that low.

Thanks,
PJ
If I have to leave in winter I set the heat to about 47 degrees. More important than that is that I shut off the water and drain the pipes through the slop sink in the basement, so even if the pipes freeze then there is not much water in them. If you dont have a way to drain the pipes then at bare minimum you should turn off the main water valve. The pipes can still burst but you wont return to a flooded house. You can also put some RV antifreeze in the toilet and P traps if you think it will get really cold.

But heck, you are in KY so there is not much to be worried about. Just turn off the water valve.
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Old 01/16/07, 09:05 AM
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If you have houseplants setting the thermostat at 40 may be too cold. It has to go below that temp to start heating right? No experience with frozen pipes , yet we set the thermostat to 55 and also have a neighbor check the house daily.

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Old 01/16/07, 09:14 AM
 
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I always do 50 or higher.

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Old 01/16/07, 09:25 AM
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When we leave for longer than two days, we let the fire go out. We heat with wood at the homestead. We drain the water back to the well. Everything freezes. We don't have house plants.

In our Vancouver condo we set the high-efficiency gas fire place to OFF -- our only source of heat. It doesn't freeze, there are suites above, below, right and left. We shut off the water to the toilets and washing machine. We don't drain the water. We have cactus and lettuce plants inside, they don't freeze.

Your unoccupied thermostat set-point depends on your personal situation and living arrangements, plants, etc. Also, it depends how your piping and wall insulation were installed.

I think it is better to remove water from pipes, if possible, by draining and/or blow-out with compressed air and shut off water supply to house if it is unoccupied.

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Old 01/16/07, 09:53 AM
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We sset our temp at 50, but then we're in N. TX. I should mention it was 19 last nite.

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