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Old 02-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #15
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Use Auto Mode on the thermostat, not HP. This way when it gets too cold for the heat pump, the furnace will kick on.


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Old 02-05-2014, 11:57 PM   #16
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More good tips. As far as I know I don't have a damper in line with my furnace vent in the bathroom. It's just open.

If I recall correctly, the last time I set the thermostat to auto, it gave the furnace priority over the heat pump, which I thought was odd. It wasn't even freezing outside. Although, I could be mistaken in this. It's a good idea none the less in case my propane bottles go dry while I'm away.

Today I invested in a 1500w space heater. It was the biggest I could find on short notice. Space heaters are in VERY short supply around here this winter. LOTS of RVs/campers around. Had to hit 5 stores before I found one in stock. I'll take DKB_SATX advice and use his thermostat/space heater temp configuration. Although according to the low temp for the next 10 days barley touches on 32 degF.

I'll also be taking a few more extra measures such as blowing the plumbing with compressed air, and completely disconnecting the toilet when I leave this time. All this should have been done since the beginning of winter but I really thought the HP would keep the AS at a decent enough temp to not warrant the extra effort. Hindsight is 20/20 eh?

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Old 02-06-2014, 04:46 AM   #17
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Since the trailer is stationary for the winter per the information posted, perhaps acquire a 100 pound bottle of propane as primary with one of the 30 pound bottles as backup to use during the winter?

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