I have a 7' x 7' mechanical room on slab that houses my HW heater, pressure tank,

geothermal unit, and inlet pipe from my well. I live in western NC and want the room to stay under freezing during the winter months. I've thought about a small electric heater plugged into a thermostatically controlled outlet...any other suggestions?

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blkhawk5 years ago
kzotter (author)  blkhawk5 years ago
Thanks for helping out on this...I should be OK this winter.
No need for an electric heater. As the others have said insulate the room as best you can. Caulk any gaps you see in the walls and floor.

If this isn't enough for you then take advantage of the HW heater you have in the room and run radiant floor heating. Don't use the electric kind, get the kind that uses the hot water from your HW heater. You can connect the solenoid to a thermostat so when the temp drops to a certain level the solenoid will open and allow the hot water to warm up the room.
kzotter (author)  mpilchfamily5 years ago
Thanks for helping out on this...I should be OK this winter.
fair point :-)
rickharris5 years ago
1. insulate

2. put in a sand filled black heater tube with thermostat.
kzotter (author)  rickharris5 years ago
Thanks for helping out on this...I should be OK this winter.
heavy insulation ? The heat leaks from you're water greater should keep everything above freezing, if you reduce the losses far enough.
kzotter (author)  steveastrouk5 years ago
Thanks for helping out on this...I should be OK this winter.