Going on holiday is never as simple as it seems. In fact, there’s a whole host of things you need to have sorted before you skip off to catch some sun.
One thing that many people are unsure about is what to do with their boiler when they go on holiday.
It’s an important question. Many people feel a little wary of leaving their boiler on when they are out of the country, but – as it turns out – turning it off is not always the best way to go. So, what to do with your boiler if you go on holiday?
It Depends On The Season
What you should do with your boiler when you jet off on holiday depends largely on the time of year that you’re going away.
During the summer, where temperatures are consistently warm and the heating would rarely be used anyway, it’s absolutely fine to shut off the boiler if you’re leaving the country.
The winter months are a different story entirely.
When the temperatures are at or around freezing, it makes far more sense to leave the boiler running. While it is ticking over, the pipes are kept from freezing which might otherwise cause damage to the plumbing.
At the very least, keeping the boiler going and the thermostat at a constant low temperature will ensure that you return to a nice, warm home.
And as long as you have a relatively modern boiler, the cost of maintaining a low minimum temperature is likely to be small.
A lot of you will still feel a little uncomfortable leaving the boiler running while you are out of the country, even during the colder months.
After all, what if something goes wrong? You don’t want to return to a disaster area!
Fortunately, fitting leakage sensors can give you the peace of mind you need. These handy little devices can sense when the system springs a leak and then shut everything off, protecting your home from flooding.
Many link up to your smartphone via an app, meaning that you can check on the safety of your home from anywhere in the world.
You Don’t Have To Shut It Off
With modern boilers being so safe, energy efficient and increasingly smart, there is often no need in this day and age to worry about turning off your boiler when you go away.
The important thing, if it’s cold, is to set your thermostat to a low temperature to keep the pipes thawed without using too much energy.
And if you want to be 100% safe, and get peace of mind, consider smart safety devices like leakage sensors that you can monitor from your phone.