protection against power outages in a vacation home


Old 11-21-00, 06:32 AM
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We have a vacation house in northern New York State, in a region where there are frequent power outages in the winter. We don't want to close up the house for the winter, but want to know what you would recommend to ensure that the house doesn't freeze if the power goes off during a time when we are not in the house (which can be as long as three weeks at a time.
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Old 11-21-00, 02:32 PM
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About the only solution I can think of is to install a wall furnace as a backup heater.

Wall furnaces do not need house current to operate. They produce their own current.

You may need to inquire suggestions from others who also vacate the houses in winter what they do.

You can ask local heating agents what they suggest and ask the building and safety deptartment what units meet the codes there.

You might be able to install a portable propane pilot lighted operated unit vented into the fireplace chimmney.

Hope these suggestions are helpful???

Good Luck,
Energy consultant and technician.

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