I live in a second-floor apartment in the US Midwest. For a few weeks per year, I have found that I need to turn on the baseboard heater in my kitchen in order to prevent the pipes in the kitchen and adjacent bathroom from freezing.
I have two sinks, a toilet, a water heater and a shower. I'm not exactly sure about how heat enters/leaves my pipes once it goes into my floor, e.g. whether the pipes go outside above ground, where they are in the walls, whether they are insulated, etc. . But I am wondering whether there is a more energy-efficient way to keep my pipes from freezing than running the baseboard heaters to maintain pretty much constant >=45°F (>=7°C) in my apartment, without any modifications requiring removal of wall/floor.
If the pipes run outside above ground, then I'm assuming insulating them would be an obvious first step. Also insulating my apartment would reduce the power required to use the current baseboard system. Maybe I could use small space heaters and point them at the pipes for my two sinks? Maybe I could install heating coils on the exposed portion of the pipe only? Not sure.
Thanks a lot!