“Cycling” ductless mini-split
I’m working on my wife re: her dislike for the appearance of ductless mini-splits, but I have a question regarding their operation.
My local electric utility has a program where they control the power to heating and cooling in your house. In the winter, they shut off the power to the heating appliance (normally electric furnace or baseboard heaters) for up to 8 hours at a time. They REQUIRE a fossil based back-up system to take over when the power is cut to the electric heat. In exchange, they cut the rate you pay for power sent to the heating appliance (only…dual meters) to 5.4 cents per KWH. I would think this would be perfect for a ductless because they shut off power on the coldest days (from 0 to negative 30 degrees) when the ductless would not be very beneficial anyway.
In the summer, it is different. They cycle the power on and off in 15 minute increments on the hottest days from 4 PM to 11 PM. Would this cycling be an issue for a mini-split?
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