More of a Necessity Than You Think
In Alabama, it is safe to say that winters are considered ‘mild’ compared to the rest of the states. We technically live in a humid subtropical climate with high humidity and heat waves at summer. You are more likely to find drought issues than you are to find a blizzard, with the exception of the occasional freak weather. So, it sounds like you could get away with not having to pay as much attention to your heater, right? Wrong.
We have our cold spells in the South East, just as much as they to further North, and when they do hit, it can do some serious damage to your home, mainly your water pipes.
As fast as you can sing “Let it Go” the temperature in your home can drop to 32 degrees. Homes in the South are more at risk because we are used to building for heat, not cold snaps. Up North, where there are consistent winters, they surround their pipes with indoor insulation, meaning there is less exposure to cold air.
However, in the South, we run our pipes through crawlspaces, attics, and between walls with little to no insulation. That means that the pipes are immediately subjected to frigid air when the temperature drops. Winters may be mild, but from December to Early March, we still have lows that make the freezing point.
If it goes unchecked, the water will expand inside of the pipe, increasing the risk of it bursting.
Why Am I Bringing Up Pipes?
I bring it up because one of the ways to mitigate or prevent something like this from happening is to increase warm airflow throughout the house. I am not suggesting that you need to crank it all the way up. Just don’t keep it shut off or opt out owning a heater just to save a little money. You will wind up doing much more damage in the long run.