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BikerGraham

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Those of you who are away over the cold winter do you leave your home central heating on at at what temperature ?
 

Lenny HB

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When we are away set it to 12°.
We have a Nest thermostat so I can monitor the house temperature remotely and turn heating back on a day or two before we come home.
Daughter also pops in regularly she only lives a couple of hundred yards away.

Also check your insurance some companies say 15° other 10°, some want water turned off and central heating drained.
 

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Mines chugging away at 13 degrees in the kitchen which will waft up to the bathroom upstairs, rest of the house radiators on just below one on the thermostatic valves
 
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Those of you who are away over the cold winter do you leave your home central heating on at at what temperature ?

I leave my heating control on ‘away mode’ which will cut in if temperature drops below 14c (my temperature choice). Given its a smart control I can check the temperature at home from wherever I am any time and change settings remotely if necessary. Truma iNet system provides a similar level of control for motorhome.
 
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BikerGraham

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Thanks for the comments folks.

Always turn the water off anyway of away for no re than a weekend.

Was thinking of leaving the heating on and set at 15 which ties in relatively close you what you’ve been saying.

Will check insurance Lenny. Thanks as hadn’t thought.
 
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Switch every thing off when away other than lights on timers,,Empty fridge and freezer before we go.Electric heating so it can't freeze..BUSBY.
 
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Combi boiler, water turned off at stopcock and pressure released.
Pressure released maybe, but unless you drain it down there is still a chance of a frozen and then burst pipe. Much easier to leave it on low. Mine uses very little gas when I'm away in winter.
 

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Pipework is in loft, its a bungalow. Pipe work and loft are reasonably well insulated, but when the weather is harsh, there’s nothing to stop prevailing north wind. I’m thinking drain down to be on the safe side.

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Pipework is in loft, its a bungalow. Pipe work and loft are reasonably well insulated, but when the weather is harsh, there’s nothing to stop prevailing north wind. I’m thinking drain down to be on the safe side.
Don't forget if you drain down the CH you need to add inhibitor before refilling.
 
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Just renewed with Homecare, they require (Oct - Mar) 15°C set, or the water and heating system drained and a 2 weekly visit, but do cover up to 180 days away.
 
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Pipework is in loft, its a bungalow. Pipe work and loft are reasonably well insulated, but when the weather is harsh, there’s nothing to stop prevailing north wind. I’m thinking drain down to be on the safe side.
That’s where my pipes are under 16 inches of insulation and for the last 14 years I’ve just turned the boiler off as well as the water but outside in the front garden. Our gas is expensive LPG from a tank in the garden so that gets turned off as well.

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We use an EMBER control system which turns the heating on automatically if temperature falls below 5 degrees. However, in reality we set a regime to keep it on 10 or 12 degrees while away. There is also an option to set a Boost to a set temperature for 1, 2 or 3 hours to warm up the house before we get home. In actual use, we always use the app to control the heating - loads easier than the LCD control panel and all its buttons.
Lights etc on wireless plugs with TP-Link Tapo control system.
https://emberapp.ephcontrols.com/
 
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Set ours on 10c when away winter and summer, though obviously it never comes on in the summer. Water remains on as I believe is essential with a combination boiler.
Our neighbour comes in daily and deals with the post.
 
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Set ours on 10c when away winter and summer, though obviously it never comes on in the summer. Water remains on as I believe is essential with a combination boiler.
Our neighbour comes in daily and deals with the post.
As far as I am aware there is no reason to have the water turned on even if you leave the heating on as it’s a sealed system.
 
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Leave at 14c and then it can be boosted remotely using the app on the phone when you are 2-3 hrs from home so it's toasty when you arrive.

Water off at the stopcock every time we leave, even if just for the weekend.
I've seen the damage a water leak can do if left running for days.

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Hive system defaults to 7 deg C as min temp if turned off holiday mode.

If freezing temp is 0 degrees C why run heating at 10+? Even 7 would be generous. Turn off water as a safeguard. If heating still able to run at low temp the risks are in cold areas such as above insulation in loft that heat wouldn't reach. Even then needs a long cold snap to actually freeze
 

Cal54

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I just wish I had some heating !! My combi boiler has been playing up for a few weeks now and dropping its pressure. My plumber can’t find the fault🥴. Looking more like a leak somewhere in the under floor pipes so guess some flooring is going to have to get lifted!
No hot water so showering at a friends and boiling a kettle to wash dishes - just like my granny did.
The electric fire in the lounge is keeping me warm and hopefully the government grant will cover the cost🤞
 

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Set ours on 10c when away winter and summer, though obviously it never comes on in the summer. Water remains on as I believe is essential with a combination boiler.
Our neighbour comes in daily and deals with the post.
We have a combi and always turn the water off at the stopcock.
Last thing you need is a burst pipe continually running.
Combi is sealed so it works fine on heating.
 
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We turn off the water and leave the central heating set @ 10°C.
 

Lenny HB

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Hive system defaults to 7 deg C as min temp if turned off holiday mode.

If freezing temp is 0 degrees C why run heating at 10+? Even 7 would be generous. Turn off water as a safeguard. If heating still able to run at low temp the risks are in cold areas such as above insulation in loft that heat wouldn't reach. Even then needs a long cold snap to actually freeze
With our heating set to 12 its never come on when we have been away, lowest house has ever dropped to is 13.

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