The winter season is a popular time to go on vacation with the family. You pack up your belongings, head to where it’s warmer, and leave the winter chill behind! You lock up your home and assume that all will remain safe, but you make one disastrous mistake. You shut off the furnace. Many homeowners do this to conserve a little energy and save some money on their energy bills. However, doing this will leave your home vulnerable in the icy cold weather. All you need is one extra cold night and you could experience an expensive home disaster.
Water Damage from Burst Pipes
When the furnace is off, there is nothing stopping the temperature in the home from dipping below freezing. When this happens, the plumbing system is at risk of freezing. Even one frozen pipe and be a major problem. This is due to the fact that once a pipe is frozen, it may burst! The pipe is forced to expand by the presence of the ice, but as the ice begins to thaw, the water pressure will burst through the pipe and cause a major water leak. If you are out of town, there is nothing there to stop the water from flowing into your home and causing major water damage.
55 Degree Standard
Instead of saving money, you will be forced to shovel out major bucks on water damage repairs. Luckily, you can still save money while you are away. Simply set the thermostat back to 55 degrees. At this temperature the home will stay warm enough to prevent pipe freezing, and for a little extra protection, spend some time insulating the pipes in your home as well. Doing these things will give you peace of mind while you are away and save you money too!