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Jack_Diane_Freedom

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Posted: 04/07/14 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I shut the heat off totally in a home I had in northern Ontario and in the spring found several dry wall 'cracks' I guess just from moisture in the walls. Maybe try lowering the temp another 10 degrees.

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As others have said 4K is a LOT, we get no where near that with a 2700 sq ft house for a year of heating and cooling, temps ranged from 110° to -10° last year.

Are your neighbors mooching of your power when you are gone?


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Wow. I have a 2800 sq ft two story house, built in 1895. We heat with electricity. Live in ND. Total bill, with water heat, lights, etc averages $300 per month, in the dead of winter, WITH us living in it, at 72 deg!

I believe you have a problem somewhere!

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We had our local plumbing company install antifreeze in our forced hot water heating system, drain all the plumbing pipes, ice maker, dish washer, washing machine, put antifreeze in traps and then shut off the heat. The house was in perfect condition when we returned. They come in a week before we get back and turn everything back on and turn the heat on 60. The first year cost to close was $700 becuase you buy all the antifeeze for the system and $200 to open it up again. Now it is $200 each way and never worry about frozen pipes bursting if the electricity goes out for days.


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If you totally shut off your heat, your homeowners insurance will not pay for any damage as a result of freezing of any surface or structure.

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doxiemom11 wrote:

If you totally shut off your heat, your homeowners insurance will not pay for any damage as a result of freezing of any surface or structure.
Show us that in our policy please.

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I shut off the heat completely in our northern NY home every winter. As do many of my neighbors. As long as you drain all the water and put anti freeze in the drains it should not be an issue. I used to keep it at 50º but stilled drained the pipes. I have seen no difference in anything.

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az99 wrote:

doxiemom11 wrote:

If you totally shut off your heat, your homeowners insurance will not pay for any damage as a result of freezing of any surface or structure.
Show us that in our policy please.

It falls within the "duty to protect against loss" phrases that are standard in every policy.

It's difficult if not impossible in most places to even BUY homeowner's insurance unless the house has some form of automatic heating system- purpose from ins. company's perspective is to protect against damage caused by lack of heating in cold weather. Turning the heat completely off removes that layer of protection.

If damage occurs as a result of having turned the heat off in the house, that's a failure of duty/breach that can be grounds for denying a claim for the damages.

That's not to say turning it off is a "bad idea"- but it's good to bear in mind that IF any damage results it likely isn't recoverable under a homeowner's policy.


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My uncle and aunt have a home in North Carolina. They used to leave the heat on at 50 degrees. Then decided to have it set up to drain all water and shut the heat off. RV anti-freeze in the traps, etc. Only thing he forgot one fall was the ice maker tube. But hasn't had any other problems.


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"If you totally shut off your heat, your homeowners insurance will not pay for any damage as a result of freezing of any surface or structure." Our agent disagrees.
We drain and blow out our house every winter, in far north Colorado. No damage yet, but it's only 37 years old. Have a GOOD plumber do it.


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