If you are going to be away from home during "the normal heating season",
you really should check with your insurance agent/broker to see what, if
anything, you need to do to ensure that your insurance remains valid. Often
there are requirements that a competent adult check the house once a day or
once every few days during the normal heating season. If this is not done
and there is a loss, it may not be covered.
On Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:09:38 -0700, termtests <> wrote:
Bob reminds me of my plan, never implemented but a good plan, when I
went away last november and december. That was to connect to the
burglar alarm a thermostat that would close a circuit when the temp
got below a certain level, and would dial my alarm company and let
them now the house is too cold. If you have a burglar alarm already,
this is easy. Any old thermostat from I think any furnace will work.
I was going to use th eround Honeywell that my house came with, before
I replaced it. Most alarm zones can be coded to say if they are
reporting a break-in, a fire, or cold, and probably some other things.
I have an oil furnace that is quite old, and I was also going to wire
the control panel so that when the ignition tripped off, it would tell
the burglar alarm, and the service would notify a friend who would
come and reset or fix the furnace.
But I took my trip without even fixing the burglar alarm and there
were no burglars and it never got cold enough to freeze anything, even
if the furnace were off, and I don't think I'll ever take a long trip
in the winter again. If I plan one, maybe I'll install that
Simple. Lower the pressure in your pipes to 611 Pa. At 0°C the water will
freeze but...it will also boil. Oh, and steam can also exist. All three at
the same time...no shit - the triple point of water.
611 Pa, simple, yeah right. :-)
OK so far everyone seems to be saying to do so, I am going to offer a
contrary opinion. Don't touch a thing.
There are many ways things can go wrong with this. The main water
valve leaks or breaks when you turn it off, or when you turn it back
on. The water heater or radiant heat is damaged when it runs while
dry. You turn the water back on when you get home forgetting that
something is open somewhere, causing a flood. Shutoff valves under a
sink or toilet start to leak when you turn them back on. What is the
chance that something like that will happen, versus the house freezing
while you are away. Yes, most of my dire scenarios can be avoided
through care and competence. On the other hand, how long will you be
away? Is there someone who could check on the house every day or so
while you're away? Is the house old with old cranky plumbing? I think
if I were going to be away for, say, a week or so, or a couple weeks
with someone checking, I would just turn the thermostat down a
little. -- H
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