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rk911

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Posted: 07/26/20 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Super_Dave wrote:

Nothing.


that’s pretty much us as well. i turn down the WH and have leak sensors anywhere there is a fixture. NEST t-stat allows remote control but heat is set to 50 and AC to 80 but i adjust up or down as needed on the day we arrive home or if i have service techs coming in. natural gas standby generator powers everything if need be. lots of automation and neighbors and friends with keys.

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For those with high efficiency furnaces, check your owner's manual for the minimum recommended temperature setting. Keeping the house too cold can cause condensation in the heat exchanger where the furnace was not designed to have condensation.


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Another vote for water and water heater. Few years back didn't. Pex line (hot water of course} blew under the house. 175,000 btuh water heater went through about $500 worth of propane along with my basement flooding.
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Another vote for nothing. Adjust T-stat and that's it.

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Any trip, whether it's 4 days or 2 weeks, we shut off water to the washing machine, to the ice maker, all the toilets, and set the thermostat down. We have a tankless water heater so we don't worry about that. Fridge is emptied of fresh items. Son comes by and checks on things for us.


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For years we did nothing ....until..... A lightning strike that tripped our garage breaker for 11 days. In our garage we had a freezer and a refrigerator. It also took out all our house phones, several tvs, amplifier on tower antenna and rotor. Now we have neighbor that checks on house and picks up our mail. Oh man, the garage smelled like there was a dead body, it was AWFUL. I have weak stomach so DH had to dig hole in back of property after we froze all the rotten stuff and bury it. Lesson learned....get to know a trustworthy neighbor. We do turn off hot water heater and AC.


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We turn down the WH temp, and (in warmer weather) set the thermostat at 80. Would never think of totally turning off the HVAC. The built-in dehumidifier will assure you that you won't come home to mold growth after an extended trip.


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Another vote for minimal.
Turn up AC or Turn down furnace, that's it.

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Water is turned off. Sure beats a problem if a pipe bursts if the furnace happens to go due to a power failure.

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Maybe 20+ years ago I found that my garage door opener (late 70's unit) latches a relay if there's a power drop out. So even if it's out for a second or 4 hours it latches the lights on 24/7 when power returns. MY A/C condensate drain has a pump to lift it up about 2' so always concerned about a malfunction there. I have a basement so anything that might be aged by heat is stored there like photos etc.

For years my parents did the snowbird thing and they shut water off, fridge etc and kept the heat about 50.

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