Heating house while away in winter

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  1. Ivory55

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    if you have a normal gas central heating system in your house to stop it freezing up how low do you set the temperature. Also do you set the time for coldest times of the day ie 4am approx then later in the day ? We normally use our wood burner 95% of the time when at home, but obviously this would not be possible if away. Cheers
     
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    We set our thermostat to 15 degrees and the timer to come on for 2 hours from 4 a.m.- 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Not sure if this is the best way but we are away most winters and haven't had a burst yet.
     
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    I set mine on constant at 15 degrees..wasn't expensive as just ticking over.
    It was what the insurers required.
    I also had to have someone come in weekly to check.
     
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    We will probably use more gas than when we are at home as heating is hardly ever on due to the stove being alight. Haha.
     
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    Our Honeywell wall stat has a setting for time away which would come on at 10c.
    it all depends on the type of system you have and the sophistication of the controls. Intelligent room stats are not expensive and are easy to fit, many communicate with the boiler wirelessly. At the upper end you can fit systems controlled by your phone so you can change it as you wish..happy travels.
     
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    We have gas heating and a well insulated loft.
    We've been away January to March for the last 10+ years and always turn the heating off when we go.
    Never had a problem.
    We always close the mains stop cock.
     
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    Set thermostat lower and then heating on constant, cheaper overall
     
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    Check your home insurance.
     
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    I'm away a lot from home..
    I leave the heating on all time all year round and just set the stat as required depending on whether I'm home or away..
    If away the stat is set to around 12 degrees and the heating comes on and off as required.. seems to work well.
    Andy..
     
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    We were away the entire Winter and I just turned everything off including the water at the stop cock outside. Just had some lights coming on and off etc. Within an hour of being home it was as if we'd never even been away...quite surprised really!
     
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    Set ours at 10c and on constant so it will come on whenever it gets cold.
    Also turn of the water at main stopcock. We also have someone come in on a regular basis just to check all is OK.
     
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    Depends on the sort of water system you have we have a cold water tank in the loft so leave the heating on low and the loft hatch open so some heat goes in the loft to stop freezing up there. Set the heating on 10 degrees constant.
     
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    with mine its moths pay £3 amonth ish on payg
     
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    open the internal doors to allow the heat to circulate and turn off the mains pressure system as it is that that leaks and causes the mayhem because it does not stop coming.
     
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    Being an ex gas engineer I fitted a programmable room stat in the hall and one in our conservatory, two motorised valves so full control of the system. I turn the mains water off and set both thermostats to frost setting which is 5 degrees, once it reaches 6 degrees it switches off.
    It does not warm our home up but prevents burst pipes etc.

    John.
     
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    Well insulated lofts are great for keeping heat in the rooms below but beware if the water pipes/tanks are above the insulation! As has been said leaving loft hatches open will help but wastes a lot of heat. Better to make sure if you can that the water pipes are between the warm room below and the insulation and let the loft be cold.
    Separate TRV's on every radiator if you look have an ice crystal symbol on them, this opens the TRV when the room temp gets down to between 2/4 deg C. So you could leave the system switched on and turn each TRV down to frost setting. This works great on combi heating systems but if you have a vented system won't work the same.

    Edit, as Johns post above typed at the same time as mine.
     
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    Having spent many years in the Household insurance industry, and seen the consequences of damaged caused by burst pipes, avoiding a burst pipe is something that you should consider a priority when leaving your house in the winter.

    Putting insurance aside, the fact is that a bad burst will mean your house is uninhabitable for maybe as much as 6 months as the property will only dry at a certain rate no matter how much money you throw at it. You'll be amazed how much water will flow through the house at full mains pressure!

    I'd not wish a burst pipe of flood an anyone.

    To help prevent a burst pipe, if you've got central heating then set your thermostat to 15%, and leave heating on 24/7. Putting it on for a couple of hours am and pm will not be enough in the event of a cold snap.

    Leave internal doors open

    Leave your loft hatch open. (An unintended consequence of loft insulation is that lofts get way colder than they did before, and you can have a warm house but loft could be cold enough to freeze pipes.)

    If you don't have central heating, turn the water off . Some recommend draining down too, which is the ultimate answer as even with the water off, the amount of water held in the loft tank will still cause a lot of damage should things go pear shaped.

    Please note that I'm now retired, and so the advice and information above can only be regarded as personal view and not "official" guidance . (Sorry about the last comment, but when working we were so heavily regulated that arse covering is second nature when talking about insurance type matters!)
     
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    My MIL came stay with us one Christmas, she lived in Sussex and while she was away there was a severe cold snap. She got back home to a flooded house from a leak in the roof. Took 9 months or so before she could live there again.
     
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