Today I turned on the propane furnace for the first time. The outside temp was 34* when I woke up and the electric heater couldn’t keep Towanda’s interior at 60*. After last year’s furnace debacle I was so relieved when it turned right on and pumped out the heat.
I’ve been avoiding turning on the furnace for a couple of reasons:
- propane is a very “wet” way to heat – for every gallon of propane you use, you pump a gallon of moisture into the RV, or so say the Old RV Dudes. That means I also have to run the dehumidifier every day, which I don’t always remember to do.
- it ain’t cheap, but at this time of year it might be cheaper than electric heat – I haven’t done an analysis yet.
- I have to haul the tanks to a gas station to have them refilled. All gas stations that carry propane in this small town close ridiculously early so it means a trip during my 1/2 hour lunch “hour” and unhooking and re-hooking them up in the dark. I hate that part!
- the furnace is only about 70% efficient, according to all online sources I can find, so a lot of fuel is spent doing nothing at all.
- it’s noisy and blows dust around because someone doesn’t vacuum every day like she should. I’m looking at you Sabu, shedder of mountains of fur!
Last year I ran everything full-out to see how long two tanks of propane would last. I ran the furnace, cooked on the propane stove (even heating tea water) and used all the hot water I wanted to. Two weeks drained the tanks, so I don’t know what my hesitation is this year – an irritating trip into town twice a month is not really that big a deal, is it? It’s not like I have to listen to the narc whine about energy consumption when I’m wearing four layers of clothes, but there you have it – years of training still in effect.
Sigh. I guess Winter is here.