Compatibility of woodstove and minisplit heatpumps?
My wife and I will soon be moving into a 1950’s single-story cape in northern NH. It’s about 1000 sqft with an unfinished basement and an attic for insulation only. The kitchen and living room are an open floor plan with a central woodstove, and we want wood to be a central part of our heating into the future. Eventually we want to remove the existing oil boiler and hydronic baseboards. At that point, we will want another heat source which can supplement the stove while we are present (but away during the day), and cover the whole-house load when we leave for a few days in winter.
I like the concept of minisplit heatpumps (and PV is a potential in the future) – but I’ve been reading here about their high minimum set points (typically 60F?) and losing efficiency when they cycle on-off. It seems logical to put a heatpump in the main living area, but I wonder if the woodstove running would cause the heatpump to function inefficiently? What’s the thinking on the pairing of woodstoves and minisplits? Anything to look out for, or guide our thinking?
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