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Old 03-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Cozy Nook on a Cold Night

For you Entegra owners who don't get your coaches in cold weather...

The coach can be cozy warm when the weather outside isn't the best. Spent the last two days in the snow in Santa Fe when the nightime temps dropped into the 20 degree zone and the winds blew 20-30 MPH. Snug as a bug. The basement stays warm as well (I was really worried about it). Did disconnect from the shore water and reel in the hose which we'll do again tonight.

Showed me that if I can get into a ski area road wise, like a Dillon CO, we can use the coach as a base for snow skiing as well.

I'm really pleased with my Anthem and the way it is performing in the cold
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We were in some cold mid 20s at night on our way back from Florida last month. Anytime the temps were looking to be freezing or more, we brought in the water hose. The first night when 30 was forecast, we turned on the electric side only of the aqua hot with the thermostat set at 64. In the morning, the front of the coach was a toasty 45. Outside temp was 28. Obviously, the electric aqua hot wasn't enough to keep ahead of the cold.

We like it cold at night but not that cold!

We learned that night that the electric aqua hot wasn't enough to keep us warm so the next night we turned the aqua hot burner on, set the thermostat at 64. In the morning, the coach was at 64. Lesson learned - when cold out, don't be stingy on the fuel and use the aqua hot burner.
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We were in some cold mid 20s at night on our way back from Florida last month. Anytime the temps were looking to be freezing or more, we brought in the water hose. The first night when 30 was forecast, we turned on the electric side only of the aqua hot with the thermostat set at 64. In the morning, the front of the coach was a toasty 45. Outside temp was 28. Obviously, the electric aqua hot wasn't enough to keep ahead of the cold.

We like it cold at night but not that cold!

We learned that night that the electric aqua hot wasn't enough to keep us warm so the next night we turned the aqua hot burner on, set the thermostat at 64. In the morning, the coach was at 64. Lesson learned - when cold out, don't be stingy on the fuel and use the aqua hot burner.
That's the lesson we learned. Also seems that when you use the electric "fireplace" and the aqua diesel heat in three, that the heat pump works well in adding to the warmth. Had thought it nothing but a cold air pusher. It is initially, but gets toasty after a bit. Guess I need to read up on it a little, but I think it probably recirculates the other warm air that has been heated in the other venues.
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That's the lesson we learned. Also seems that when you use the electric "fireplace" and the aqua diesel heat in three, that the heat pump works well in adding to the warmth. Had thought it nothing but a cold air pusher. It is initially, but gets toasty after a bit. Guess I need to read up on it a little, but I think it probably recirculates the other warm air that has been heated in the other venues.
My understanding is that the heat pump isn't effective below the mid 30's (40 if you have the new units). I'm not quite trusting enough to leave the fireplace running overnight (and that little baby really pushes out the heat - we bought it for the looks, what a pleasant surprise to find that it is a really efficient heater!) but I do run it all evening and crank it up again as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning. I keep the floor heat on all day and night and turn the furnace on when the nights get cold...as they have way too often the last few months. I found that if I keep the front of the coach set at 63 and the rear at 65, we stay comfortable all night. The sensor up front is close to the door and lots of windows so it thinks it's cooler up front. We did add an electric mattress pad to the bed - because we like to sleep warm even when the room is cool. As soon as showers are finished in the morning, we flip off the furnace and gas (we have the LP version). The electric keeps the floor warm for all but the coldest days - and the fireplace puts out plenty of heat to keep the front of the coach really toasty. I've thought about turning only the fans on the heat pumps to see if I could circulate the fireplace warmth, but haven't tried it yet - has anyone else?
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Turn them both on, electric and diesel, warms great...set the temp where you want...
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Linda and Rick

I'm having a brain block at the moment so bear with me. To set the floor heating, you use the settings for zone 2? My coach is in the shop so I can't just run out and test.

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I'm having a brain block at the moment so bear with me. To set the floor heating, you use the settings for zone 2? My coach is in the shop so I can't just run out and test.

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Separate thermostat. Our main controls are in a cabinet in the half bath, the floor heat is a separate white thermostat below the cabinet. Looks just like the one that controls the basement heat down below. Hope that helps. Ted Cook from Entegra advised us to start with it warm and turn it down. It takes a while for these floors to get warm - give it 24 hours to get fully to temp. We ended up with our about in the middle and then supplementing with the furnace at night. Any warmer and the coach was too warm during the day.

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Tom, yes zone 2 for the floor heat on the Anthem & Cornerstone. Noel
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Tom, yes zone 2 for the floor heat on the Anthem & Cornerstone. Noel
Might add(at least for mine) that it is the "furnace mode" on zone 2 that controls the floor heat
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Might add(at least for mine) that it is the "furnace mode" on zone 2 that controls the floor heat
On ours, it shows up as gas heat while electric heat is for the heat pump.
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Unless our is different, the only option for zone two is "electric", which I believe is the heat pump mode. As stated earlier when it first starts it seeems to be pumping cooler air (my complaint with heat pumps in houses in the past); however, and I think this must be how it works, it starts recirculating the warm air in the coach. In any event, the temp outside here in Santa Fe is 27 and I just reached up and I have warm air coming out of my top vents in Zone two.

Not sure what you mean by "furnace". I am assuming the flow of air in the "electric" only Zone 2 on my coach is the heat pump, or another way of saying furnace.

Bottom line...definitely getting warm air with temps below 40 degrees.
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My thermostat is the older type. I guess where I have "heat pump or furnace", the newer ones have "electric or gas". On mine, in the "furnace mode", only the recirculating Aqua-hot system works, which in zone 2 is the floor heat for the entire coach. Zone 1 & 3, control the lower heat exchangers in the kitchen and bath respectively.
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Unless our is different, the only option for zone two is "electric", which I believe is the heat pump mode. As stated earlier when it first starts it seeems to be pumping cooler air (my complaint with heat pumps in houses in the past); however, and I think this must be how it works, it starts recirculating the warm air in the coach. In any event, the temp outside here in Santa Fe is 27 and I just reached up and I have warm air coming out of my top vents in Zone two.

Not sure what you mean by "furnace". I am assuming the flow of air in the "electric" only Zone 2 on my coach is the heat pump, or another way of saying furnace.

Bottom line...definitely getting warm air with temps below 40 degrees.
I was mistaken, My Zone 2 offers electric and gas.
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In December, we were boondocking on a pheasant hunting trip. Temp's were around 0 degrees. Basement was warm as was the coach (via Aquahot) set the genset to Auto and all was good. We had no issues whatsoever.
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