Cheap Heat System Gives You the Best of Both Worlds
Fall and winter are the time of year full-time RVers need to be getting ready for winter. Most RVs have a wonderful propane furnace that helps them to stay toasty and warm inside. There is no doubt that propane heat is invaluable when you are off the grid and it’s cold outside. However, if you hook up to the electrical system of an RV park, wouldn’t it be great to be able to run your furnace on electricity and save your propane for other purposes? RV Comfort Systems’ Cheap Heat System is a hybrid heating system that attaches to your existing heating system. It allows you to flip a switch to choose between running your furnace on propane or electricity, depending on where you happen to be.
Advantages Of The Cheap Heat System
Aside from having the ability to choose between heating fuels, the Cheap Heat System offers some benefits that make adding it to an RV heating system well worth considering :
- Being able to switch to electricity means you can still heat your RV if you run out of propane.
- The price of propane is higher than the price of electricity in many areas.
- Eliminating burner noise makes Cheap Heat quieter than propane heat.
- Cheap Heat has redundant safety features that make it safer than propane-fuelled heat.
- Easy for an RV tech to install in most RVs.
- It’s much safer than using space heaters, which are a leading cause of RV fires in the winter.
How Does The Cheap Heat System Work?
The Cheap Heat system is an add-on component designed to work with your RV’s existing furnace system. The unit works with both 120 or 240-volt AC systems and mounts directly downstream of the existing propane furnace. It uses tungsten heating coils and your furnace’s existing 12-volt DC fan to push heated air throughout the distribution ducting in the RV. You can configure a Cheap Heat system for 1,800 Watts, 3,750 Watts, or 5,000 Watts.
RV Comfort Systems says the unit will heat your RV to a toasty 70º Fahrenheit even when the outside temperature drops to 10º F.
Cheap Heat’s Safety Features
RV Comfort Systems president and developer Larry Mcgaugh points out that the Cheap Heat has redundant features, including a bi-metal high-limit safety switch wired into the coil assembly and a fusible link within the heater coils that burns itself out if the unit overheats. When the fusible link burns out, the heater shuts down completely, preventing potentially disastrous fire ignition. You can easily replace the fusible link for about $15 after the problem that caused it to burn out is fixed. They also designed the controller to handle power irregularities seamlessly.
What You Need to Know:
Cheap Heat will work in most RVs with ducted or direct-flow heating systems. To find out which unit you need, you’ll need to know the year, make, and model of your RV and the model of heater it has and refer to the company’s compatibility chart.
You should also know that installing a Cheap Heat System is not recommended as a DIY project and should be done by a certified RV technician. With this in mind, RV Comfort Systems recommends having the installation done through an RV dealer who sells Cheap Heat Systems.
All that being said, the system doesn’t come, well, cheap to install. Depending on the type of furnace you have, the total cost of a unit can run up to $1500 for the unit and labor together. Like most luxury RV add-ons, the nicety of not having to use space heaters and the fact that most ducted systems also keep the bays and plumbing above freezing comes down to paying for convenience. If you are RVing in a very cold climate that stays below freezing for prolonged periods, it just might be a convenience worth springing for.
Other Non-Propane Heating Options
While Cheap Heat is an excellent add-on and alternative heat source to propane, it isn’t the only option. RVers have been pretty creative in finding ways to keep warm without propane.
- Warm Clothes
- Electric Blankets
- Space Heaters
If your RV air conditioner has a heat pump setting, you already have a good electric heat source. Unfortunately, heat pumps stop working well when outside temperatures fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Cheap Heat system looks like a viable option if you are looking for a solution that turns your existing propane fuelled RV furnace into a hybrid electric/propane heating system.