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Old 02-27-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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Heating my belly :)

Have been loading up for a trip to Mardi Gras this week
and it's been cold here in DFW, so have the gas furnace set to about 45.

Since I have to temporarily hook up to a 20 amp circuit while parked out on the street (as in the signature pic below), I didn't want to use the electric heat...

While the electric heat did a fine job of warming up the interior (to a point) last time we were out in it...wondered if elec heat keeps the basement, garage, and underbelly warm ?

Don't you need the furnace on to warm the belly ????
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Our RL has a register in the basement to put heat from the furnace in it. I don't know what you have in it, but with most stuff it would have to get close to freezing for quite awhile for it to damage most things.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:16 PM   #3
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Johnboy - When we did the Oregon Coast last May the fireplace and heat pump kept the inside comfortable, but I didn't notice any heating effect in the basement. I doubt if it had any effect in the underbelly region, but didn't check.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:34 PM   #4
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Thanks - that somewhat follows my suspicions....
(Having JUST got it back from the dealer for frozen and busted ice maker and shower mixing valve pipes!)

And in DFW area !!! - who woulda thought ?!?!
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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Does the FL have a heating register in the basement? I haven't noticed one but honestly, didn't think to ever check.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:19 PM   #6
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Don't recall seeing one in the basement.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:39 PM   #7
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Ours is in the ceiling on the curb side, up front by the shelves. A black register.
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My FB has register under the dresser which is just above the one in the basement. Also furnace has 2" duct into underbelly just below the backside of stairs. Don't think heat pump would be of any help in basement as heat rises.
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I was wondering where they ran that into the belly, thanks. I wanted to check mine when I take the wall apart in the basement. I figured it was something like that, as that is how it was on our Montana.
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The belly heat runs off the furnace only. The vent is in the basement ceiling. The heat pump will have no effect. I use a ceramic heater in the basement when I'm on the heat pump.
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The basement space is different than the belly - I think Traveling Texas actually found the one that goes down into the belly to heat that space including the tanks and pipes.
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Correct. 2" duct going into belly for holding tanks.
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Unless your heat pump heats to a lower temp than mine, about ~50, I wouldn't think you would need heat in the belly or basement?
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the heat pumps didn't do it for us when it got down to near freezing on Monday night....
IIRC from the heat pumps at a previous home, they can only raise the temp about 30 degrees so freezing outside leaves you freezing inside

while, the most ours could do was about 64 inside so we opted for propane and the fireplace
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The heat pumps in the Redwoods are good as long as it stays above 40 degrees. The gas furnace will automatically kick on when it gets too cold.
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We have an AC heat pump on our house in addition to gas furnace. It also has to be 40 or so (maybe 35), but it has a defroster ring that melts the snow around it first before it starts. In CO it can warm up during the day to the point it will operate the heat pump, but it may be buried in the snow. It is so weird to hear that thing running like an AC when there is snow around it. Neighbors think we just really like it cold.

We currently have it shut down because the heat pump is no longer efficient with the cost of electricity around here.
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