Mini-Split & Generator vs Wood Stove
I'm about to build a house about 8 miles outside of Brockport, NY (near Rochester). The lot has electricity but no gas. I would like to heat my house off mini-splits, and I'm currently having a Manual J done to determine feasibility. The footprint of the house almost guarantees that I will need more than one small mini-split rather than one central unit. I plan on having a backup generator.
Here's the question: Should I put in a wood stove for backup heat, or simply put a small minisplit on the generator?
I have several motivations for avoiding the stove: I currently have no combustion appliances inside the house, and I like that. I don't have a good place for the stove, thought I could make one. The stove puts a big hole in my thermal envelope and requires makeup air. And for the price of installing a stove, I can upgrade my generator.
However, I understand that running a mini-split off a generator is not the most efficient proposition. As it's just for backup power, it seems like an okay tradeoff.
Thanks for your help.
Posted Feb 17, 2017 9:48 AM ET
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