Now for the post you all have been waiting for…
During the last cold snap (estimated 20 – 24 degrees) the temperature in our water compartment even when warmed by our furnace read 32 degrees. Too close to freezing for me. Our solution was the insertion of one of those inexpensive clip-on work lights with a 75 watt incandescent bulb.
The next cold day (estimated 24-27 degrees) with the light fixture and the furnace running (at a lower setting) only dipped to 42 degrees. A great improvement.
The next challenge will be preparing the water source and hose from freezing. I saw a good YouTube video where aluminum foil, heat tape and foam was used successfully. For now we have a cardboard box over the water source pipe and leaves (nature’s insulator) over the hose. So far, this has proven effective.