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Old 01-16-2016, 03:18 AM   #1
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Gas vs electric heat

I'm recently new to this full time rv life, and I still have a few questions. I have a 2016 CY36CRL purchased 4 months ago or so. Can anyone give me some more information on electric vs gas heat. 99% of the time I camp at military rv parks which have free electricity, so I would rather stick to electric heat. I have expierenced a few cold nights to where my heater doesn't kick in (due to the cold air it is taking in, I suppose?) any ideas ladies and gents? Thank you for your time and input!
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:00 AM   #2
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Provided the temp is around 40 degrees then use the heat pump especially if not paying for electricity, anything below that use the furnace as it has ducts underneath to keep water lines from freezing.
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Could you explain what the heat pump is?
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If you have that option, it's one or both air conditioners that also provide heat by extracting warm air from outside & running the a.c. in reverse to provide heat. If your thermostat has "gas heat" & "elec heat" then you have a heat pump. If set to electric heat it will run til the inside temp drops approximately 5 degrees then the furnace (gas heat) will automatically fire up. We run the heat pump when possible, but if the temperature outside is forecast to drop below 35 degrees at night I switch it to gas as it gets too cold before furnace kicks in. Hope this helps, if not I'm sure someone else will chime in & may explain it better.
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We have gas\ electric heat in bedroom only, but I notice when we use gas side, it only comes out of the roof vents, yet we have floor vents and they do nothing, am I doing something wrong.
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When setting the to Thermostat Electric Heat, it is the Heat Pump cycle on the roof A/C Unit and you should have warm air coming out of the ceiling vents.
When switching the thermostat to Gas Heat, it should run the gas furnace in the basement which should provide warm air from the floor registers.
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If you have both acs with heat pumps only one will start the furnace. Its my understanding that most forward thermostat operates the second heat pump/a.c. & usually will not start the furnace, it will just continue to blow cool air when the temps drop.
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We opted for gas\ electric heat pump bedroom only, and Ac in front room.
If heat is put on auto in bed room, only cold air blows from vents roof, if on electric it works and blows warm air from vents in roof, and when I switch to gas, it blows heat, but only from roof vents.
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Not familiar with the MB but in our RL the gas is controlled by the thermostat in the main living area only. The thermostat in the bedroom only controls the elec heat pump and AC. if you are getting any air from the ceiling vents that is not coming from the furnace it would be from the AC/HP on the roof.
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Agreed! The furnace IS NOT connected to the ceiling vents!! Furnace which gas heat only has air coming from floor registers only. You only get cool air from a.c. & heat from heat pump/pumps through ceiling vents & furnace air from floor registers only regardless of which RW floor plan you have.
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