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RV Furnaces

RV Furnaces

Furnaces are a hot topic. Having a furnace in your RV can provide you with a significant degree of added comfort while camping out, especially during cold nights. An RV furnace can be invaluable when traveling through cold areas or camping out during winter weather, providing with that all-important warmth you are sure to crave.  However, there are recreational vehicle enthusiasts on both sides of the furnace fence as to what type is best for use in an RV. Here at RecPro, we like them all and are proud to help you find one that you will love. There are a few different types of RV furnaces available (though we will only address the two most popular.), each with its own benefits to offer you. 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. The efficiency and safety of propane fuel are precisely why it is a favorite in the RV industry.

Propane is a clean-burning and efficient heating fuel. It is also easily obtainable and can be stored in small and large quantities alike. The most common amounts of propane are 1lb propane bottles and 20lb propane tanks. It is normally a gas but is compressed into a liquid for use in heaters, grills, and other propane-compatible appliances. Its abundance, efficiency, and ease with which it can be obtained and stored make this type of fuel one of the most popular fuel choices in the RV and camping scenes. 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 (C3H8). 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, while propane appliances rate their fuel usage in BTUs per hour, depending on burner size. This means that 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.) You can divide your propane tank BTU capacity by your propane appliance’s BTU rating in order to figure out how many hours your tank will be able to power your appliance at max capacity. In other words, TankBTU/ApplianceBTU. Most propane appliances are built with efficiency in mind, so even a smaller 1lb propane bottle can keep your appliances running for quite some time.

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. Afterward, they vent the moist, oxygen-depleted air from inside the unit to the surface, giving you that sweet heat and warmth that you crave on those cold, cold winter nights. Circulating the air this way retains the oxygen quantity during the air regulation and significantly lessens the condensation rate. Its ability to maintain the oxygen quantity in the air is an important safety aspect, as too little oxygen in the air can be detrimental to your well-being. 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 a vent-free propane heater, which has its own range of benefits to offer you. Vent-free propane heaters are silent and provide heat without using any battery power, saving you energy while keeping things quiet and peaceful. The last thing you want on a relaxing camping trip is to have to listen to a constant loud noise after all. This is because they rely on an outside source of fresh air. That means that if you have a vent-free propane heater, then it must be ventilated while it is running. 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. This is a crucial safety feature for this type of heater, as low oxygen levels in the air can be hazardous to anyone’s health. In addition, most RVs come equipped with an oxygen sensor and a Liquid Propane Gas detector. These safety features will sound out loud alarms if the oxygen in the air decreases to a dangerously low point or if a Liquid Propane gas leak is detected. This alarm will let you know that there is a problem so that you can either fix it or get to safety. 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 be happy to help you with the next step. Let us help provide you with what you’re looking for. If you are not quite sure which style of RV furnace would be the most suitable for your needs, we will be more than happy to assist you in figuring that out and selecting a model that is a perfect fit for your needs. If you have any questions concerning our RV furnaces, you can always contact us online or even give us a call over the phone!

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