Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tiny Furnace

We had the new furnace installed yesterday. It went in easily and connected to the existing duct work with a couple of custom made sheet metal adapters. The new furnace is just a little more than half the size of the old one.

I was amazed that the new furnace does not use the chimney! All it requires are two four inch PVC pipes to the outside. One for fresh combustion air and the other for combustion gasses to escape. That exhaust pipe gets "warm" but nowhere near "hot". The gas guy says you can comfortably put your tongue on that pipe and after feeling it after the furnace ran for a long time, I believe him.

Other than that, we are slowly getting ready to leave on Sunday after the wedding. Norma has most/some of her clothes loaded and all the food except the fridge is loaded. We went down yesterday and bought insurance for the motorhome, dolly and Honda so that is taken care of. One new thing is a "penalty" of 33% of the liability portion if the motorhome is to be in the USA for more than 120 days. They say this is because of the high cost of lawsuits in the USA. Wow!

Brooks and LindaLee will be arriving later tonight and maybe the granddaughters on Friday if they can arrange for a ride after school on Friday. In any case, it will be busy here for the last few days before we leave.

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  1. The high efficiency of the new furnace will save money in the long run. Certainly an improvement over older furnaces and they use less energy.

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    1. Yes, 80% vs. 96.5% efficiency! It should make a difference in the gas consumption.

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  2. Alright! With the new furnace in and insurance taken care of, you're close to roll south. Good felling, isn't it?

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  3. We have the same type of heater. Going on the 2nd year having it. Not sure of the savings but it sure does heat a lot better than the old one. But then again, we desert folk, like our house heat. We usually keep it around 74 all winter (ummm, for the kids.....)

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  4. The new high efficiency heaters have one drawback, they are complicated, think computers that run programs in closed loops kind of thing, one bit goes bad and they go schizophrenic. Regular people have a hard time fixing the new heaters, sort of like today's cars. If you normally hire out repairs, then it is not a problem but if you are one to dig in and fix your own stuff, they can be a quagmire.

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    1. No plans, no set route and no reservations. Maybe we can get together at some point as we pass through Texas.

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  6. Looks like you have it all together and will soon be on your way, travel safe.

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  7. Travel safe Croft and Norma, and have a wonderful time. I'm looking forward though to reading about your travel adventures on your blog.

    We'll see you next spring when you get home.

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  8. "You can put your tongue on the pipe..." nice perk. Is that something Canadians like to do to their furnace?

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    1. Actually, Laurie, it is! It feels so good after getting your tongue frozen to the metal fence post. :)

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    2. Croft: they say that like it's a bad thing !??!

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    3. Laurie is in California so she does not understand how nice it feels to put your tongue on a furnace after you free it from the frozen fence post at school!

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  9. Safe journey Croft and Norma. Can't believe we never got over to see you before you left. Will try not to procrastinate so much next year. See you in the spring.

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  10. When our kids were small I was a chaperone on a winter overnight field trip to the Hart Farm on Red Sand Lake in Terrace. One of the boys stuck his tongue on the swingset and was stuck solid. Another little boy rushed over and said "I'll pee on his tongue to get it loose!" The one who was stuck yanked his tongue off the metal when he heard that....what a bloody mess!

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