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Old 10-10-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Is there a general rule for how low you can set your thermostat when gone for extended periods. I live in northern illinois.

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Old 10-11-2011, 01:13 AM   #2
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It's all up to you but most people raise the stat while they're gone.

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Old 10-11-2011, 06:15 AM   #3
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Extended periods, as in gone for 2 weeks or more, heat no lower then 55 on an 80% furnace.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:30 AM   #4
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I would think about your plumbing setup. For instance if you have any water supply or drain lines on outer walls you might want to err on the warmer side. I have one shower in an outer corner of my upper floor. It has a double thick insulation bump out there but you never know how well it was built. I worry a bit on those zero degree nights so don't usually set mine back below 60 or so.

The other thing you can do is get a wifi thermostat like a Filtrete 3M50 so even if you are away and see a brutal cold period coming back home you can adjust your t-stat from wherever (well almost wherever) you are.
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For extended periods, we set ours to 60 during Winter, and 76 during Summer, or just shut everything down during the Summer. As for Winter, leave the heat on to no lower than 55. I am able to control from afar, so I can change it to a higher temp, when we are on our way home, or change it while gone. Which really does come in handy having a thermostat that you can control from the Internet.
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Thanks for the replies. I've been keeping it at 50 for the last few years and haven't any problems so I don't think I'll go any lower.
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You never want to go lower, especially if you have a basement space. When leaving for extended periods, also may want to make sure that water is shut of and drained from the pipes, and water heater is turned as low as it will go, with just the pilot on. If gone for longer than sixty days, and no one is going to be in the home, drain the water heater tank, and flush the toilets to empty them. Same with shutting off electronics, since no need to keep the vampires running.

Even if we leave for a week, I always shut the water off, and turn down the water heater.

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