Furnaces are a hot topic. There are recreational vehicle enthusiasts on both sides of the furnace fence as to what type is best for RVs. Here at RecPro, we like them all. There are a few different types of RV furnaces available (though we will only address the two most popular.) It must be noted, before we go any further, as with all combustibles, propane requires a certain degree of safety consciousness. That being said, it is considered one of the safest alternatives in energy production and distribution. That’s why it is a favorite in the RV industry.
Propane is a clean-burning and efficient heating fuel. It is normally a gas but is compressed into a liquid for use in heaters and grills. Commercial propane is a designation based on grades, and the fuel we call propane includes other compounds, like propylene and butane. Most of the overall composition is propane, a hydrocarbon with a chemical formula of three carbon atoms and eight hydrogen atoms. Maybe more than you wanted to learn about propane on an RV supplier site, but we’re here to help you in your RV needs, and to win at trivia.
Propane has a fixed capacity for providing heat. One gallon of propane contains 92,000 BTUs of potential heat, which means a 40,000 BTU RV furnace running at full heating capacity will burn through, roughly, a gallon of propane every two hours (usage varies with square footage and construction.)
The first type of popular RV furnace is the standard RV propane furnace. Standard RV propane furnaces use a substantial blower process to draw in exterior, oxygen-abundant air to the unit, then, they vent the moist, oxygen-depleted air from inside the unit to the surface. Circulating the air this way retains the oxygen quantity during the air regulation and significantly lessens the condensation rate. It is worthy of noting that during the coldest periods, it might be difficult to continually refill the propane tanks for certain consumers.
The other type of RV furnace is vent-free propane heater. Vent-free propane heaters are silent and provide heat without using any battery power. This is because they rely on outside source of fresh air; they must be ventilated while they run. All vent-free heaters manufactured in the United States are built with an internal oxygen sensor that shuts off the heater if the oxygen level in the room becomes too depleted. A crucial safety feature for this type of heater. In addition, most RVs come equipped with an oxygen sensor and an LP detector that will sound alarms if the oxygen in the air drops too low or if an LP gas leak is detected.
If you are a proponent of the vent-free heater, you must find a happy balance between several variables (placement, ventilation, convenience.) Regardless of outside opinions, you must determine which kind of heater will best suit your needs. Once you do that, RecPro will provide you what you’re looking for.
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