pipe heater vs leaving house warmer: winter

Old 08-30-14, 06:02 AM
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pipe heater vs leaving house warmer: winter

Is there any advantage in monthly electrical cost to having a pipe heater installed to keep pipes from freezing rather than leaving the heating on at minimum 15 degrees all winter?
Old 08-30-14, 06:38 AM
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Which pipes? Heaters are not long enough to keep all the pipes from freezing. They only keep the area of contact warm with a little residual heat. It is always best to winterize,the house if you are not occupying it.
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The electric pipe heater can be calculated for cost but calculating the cost of 15 degrees would be difficult. A power outage with either would be risky.
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how much piping do you have to heat?
how long of a run of heat tracing do you need.
You can calulate the watts used from the heat tracing + price of hydro.
Normal its better to just leave the house warm, and have someone check in on it. Like Chandler said heat trace is good for what its in contact with, missing the plumbing going up the inside of the wall, thats where its going to freez.

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