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Old 11-19-2014, 07:52 AM   #61
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We have a whole house shut off valve inside our house. In addition to what others have said, I would suggest that you do not quickly turn the shutoff valve back on upon your return, do it slowly/gradually.

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Old 11-19-2014, 08:24 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
Without adequate air flow into the furnace room, you not only risk CO build up (not CO2 - carbon dioxide, fizzy stuff in beer and soda. CO is Carbon Monoxide - very bad. CO2 mostly is dangerous just because it displaces oxygen, like in a fire extinguisher), but you run the risk of a back-draft.

The fire will start flaring out of the furnace, it can't get out the chimney w/o air coming in. This can cause a fire. Furnaces have 'roll-out' temperature detectors. But I saw a demo video on youtube, and that fire looked pretty nasty before the flame sensor got hot enough to kick the gas off. I would not want to rely on it.

If having the room open meets code, I would literally take the door off the hinges before you plug the air vents to that room. And take a picture. That way, if there is a problem, at least you could prove you were in code.

I meant CO, but thanks for that and your other warnings. When I did the calcs I was literally within a few cubic feet of not needing the vents, and that was with the door shut. But I will check it again and/or ask an expert.

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Old 11-20-2014, 04:48 PM   #63
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I turn off the water main to the house, which is outside, set the water heater to vacation ( I verify the pilot is still lit) and turn off the HVAC system when we leave for more than a weekend. We live in a non freezing climate. I also exercise the water valve about once a month as deposits can build up. I also have a cheap Internet security camera and give a neighbor a key. This gives me peace of mind.


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