There are several reasons why you may want to consider investing in a crawlspace heater. While they can be a bit of a pain to install, -anything that involves you having to get in your crawlspace will be marginally difficult- the can make some dramatic improvements to your home in a very short amount of time. These are improvements that you will notice immediately and improvements that may save you some big dollars in other areas of home improvement.
Pipes and Freezing
The first thing that a crawlspace heater will help with is freezing pipes. If you have ever dealt with the headache, expense, and annoyance of frozen pipes then you already know what a great blessing prevention is. Frozen pipes not only stop the flow of water into your house, but they can burst.
When pipes burst because of freezing then you have to get a plumber in, usually at an inconvenient and more expensive time, to replace them. This is never an inexpensive proposition. The installation of heating allows you to regulate the temperature underneath your house, which is where most of the pipes run.
Another benefit is warmer floors. If you have tile or hardwood floors, then you know just how cold those surfaces can be on your bare feet in the wintertime. A crawlspace heater won’t eliminate this problem completely, but it will make a noticeable difference in the feel of your floors.
Since heat rises, you may also find that having your floors warmer reduces the amount of time and energy that your main house furnace spends running as well.
When you are shopping for a crawlspace heater, you will need to have several pieces of information available so that you can make the best decision. You will need to know if you want a model that runs on electricity or natural gas.
Let the Bills Decide
Depending on what is available and current energy prices in your area, you may want to make this decision a financial one. Most appliances will have information regarding how much it costs annually to run that product. In some areas, gas is cheaper than electricity. In other parts the country it is exactly the opposite. This is a decision that is completely up to you.
You will also need to know the size of your crawlspace. If your crawlspace heater isn’t big enough to handle the cubic footage of your space, then it will never catch up to the desired temperature and will cost you a lot of money because it will run non-stop.
At the opposite end of the spectrum. It is inefficient to run a unit that is too big because it will heat up very quickly, but uses a lot of energy at start up. You need to find a model that is rated to handle the amount of space that you have.