I live in the south, so I will admit that I do not have to use the heating system too often.
In fact, the vast majority of people in our state do not even have heating systems.
I’m sure no one who has lived here their whole lives has ever even heard of a boiler heating method or heated flooring, or any of the commonly-used heating techniques in the north. The most common forms of heating here are central heating and portable electric or portable furnaces that you plug into the wall. Therein lies a huge problem. People are so unfamiliar with furnaces that they do not use caution when they use the little heaters! Because we are so unfamiliar with freezing weather, when it is cold, we lose our minds and can think of nothing else except getting the heating system out to warm us up. In many instances, the furnaces the two of us use are older models and don’t necessarily have the latest safety features. Therefore, every year, the two of us hear stories about new home fires due to irresponsibly using heaters. Most of the time, people are able to get out of the home, but sometimes the fires occur at night when people are sleeping. The heaters keep them warm, however the risk is too high, in my opinion. If you are trying to cut utility costs, I understand, however if you are going to use portable heaters, be sure to use the ones that have built in safety features, also, be sure not to place them near loose fabric such as sheets you might kick off the bed at night, or curtains.