Open window with propane heater, how much?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by mm, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. mm

    mm Guest

    When my mother had a power failure, but wanted to stay in her
    apartment until the power company fixed things, I bought a propane
    heater. The instructions said to open the window, but didn't really
    say how much.

    It seemed like she'd end up colder with the heater than without it.

    How much did the window have to be open?

    Is it ever worth using a propane heater indoors in the winter?


    George said:
    >That cold
    >air pipe is meant for a certain percentage of make
    >up air from the outside. Required in many
    >communities with newer homes that are built air
    >tight and is likely to be 10 to 15 percent of the
    >air. Seems like a bit much if in a cold place.
    >But the purpose is to supply fresh air because
    >much of the inside air is highly contaminated by
    >the materials used in building, furniture,
    >carpets, etc.
     
    mm, Mar 10, 2006
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  2. mm

    Cobra-WoW- Guest

    Propane can give you headaches from the fumes... best to crack a window
    open an inch and turn on the bathroom vent fan or the shove hood fan if
    it vents outside. This type of heater uses oxygen just as a forced air
    gas furnace does so fresh air intake is neccessary. The fan(s)
    exhausting will circulate air in/out. Use your nose.. if you can smell
    the heater then you need more fresh air.

    Cheers
     
    Cobra-WoW-, Mar 10, 2006
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  3. mm

    mm Guest

    On 9 Mar 2006 18:40:49 -0800, "Cobra-WoW-" <>
    wrote:

    >Propane can give you headaches from the fumes... best to crack a window
    >open an inch and turn on the bathroom vent fan or the shove hood fan if
    >it vents outside.


    Power out. No electricity.

    >This type of heater uses oxygen just as a forced air
    >gas furnace does so fresh air intake is neccessary. The fan(s)
    >exhausting will circulate air in/out. Use your nose.. if you can smell
    >the heater then you need more fresh air.


    It probably would have been good then, if a crack is enough and even
    my mother didn't smell anything (my nose is not very good) but I
    wasn't sure, so we were very much more inconvenienced.

    Maybe they'll be some future situation.

    Thanks

    >Cheers
     
    mm, Mar 10, 2006
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