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Old 12-04-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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Closing up your home to RV in the South? Help

This will be my first time being a snowbird. I need advise on weather to turn off my heat in my home, put antifreeze in the water lines. Or turn my heat back to 45 deg. And not worry about it?
Please Advise..
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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We just set the heat to 50 deg and turn off the water valve. Also set the water heater to pilot only. However our neighbor looks in on the house every few days.

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Old 12-04-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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This will be my first time being a snowbird. I need advise on weather to turn off my heat in my home, put antifreeze in the water lines. Or turn my heat back to 45 deg. And not worry about it?
Please Advise..
Turn the heat back to 45, but blow out the water lines or let them drain if you have a low point then leave all the faucets open. With water shutoff to house of course.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:55 AM   #4
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Turn off the water at the meter, set the heat to 50, turn the water heater pilot to "pilot", leave the toilet seats up, notify the sheriff or police department and ask for a security check. Most towns have the security check done by a vounteer group. Leaving the toilet seats up will prevent mold from growing in the pot and under the seat. Stop or forward all mail.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:34 PM   #5
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Do all of you have hot air heating systems? I would think that the water can not be turned off if your system automatically feeds itself makeup water.

Would love to hear what people with hot water heating systems do to prepare for their winter time away.

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Old 12-04-2014, 12:51 PM   #6
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Put a night light in the front room, have the newspapers picked up if you have them, have the post office hold your mail, consider a security camera with internet notification, and one of the typical security services with a sign out from , and let them know you are away. If you have a friend or neighbor, maybe they can check the house out weekly, let the police know you will be on vacation. Pay your utility bills by computer and get a business card from your banker. Put valuables into storage, like a high end computer or rv/stereo system, and all jewelry into a safe deposit box.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:01 PM   #7
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We turn the heat down. Turn off the water at the main. Turn the water heater to pilot. Open taps in the upstairs and basement to take pressure off. Our alarm system has a cold sensor and smoke detector as well as door and motion sensors.

We have hardwood so we set a bunch of plastic bins out filled with water in various rooms near the heat vents.

A neighbour comes by every couple days to check the place out and water the plants.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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We shut off water at the water meter, drain the lines from a low point drain, drain the hot water tank and shut it down with breaker, antifreeze the toilets, tanks, P traps, washing machine, dishwasher and turn the heat down as low as it will go and set the timers to do their thing. We also close the water valve to the house as we found one year that the water valve at the street leaks some which caused some damage in the laundry room. Make sure the INS is paid, set the alarm, lock the doors and go.


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I have one of these to alert me if the power goes out, or the temperature goes below or above my programmed set points. I can also call in at any time to verify the unit is working, and it gives me a full report over the phone in a synthesized computer voice.

If you don't have a land line at the house, get the little box from Verizon called home phone connect, and it has a phone jack port that the Sensaphone can connect to. The Verizon box is like a semi-permanent cell phone with more power, and unlimited calling minutes. Between $20-25 monthly (depending upon whether you buy the box outright for $100, or they send it to you for free)

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Old 12-04-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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I have electric heat, so would I save anything just by turning the temp down to 50. Or would I be better off just turning it off completely? Would I do damage to my sheet rock walls or ceilings by letting the temp drop below freezing?
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:17 PM   #11
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Turning the heat down regardless of gas, oil, or electric will save greatly. Turning it off can and will damage plaster, and wood.
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These make it look like you are home:

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I use the fake-tv in my MH and love it. I guess I will set my thermostat to 40 do you all agree that 40 would be a safe temp for inside my home?
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Besides following what others have stated, I walk thru the house with a camera taking pics. Just in case.
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