27 Aug '13, 4am

Mini Splits as heat in Northern VT #green

I purchased a 1976 ski house in Northern VT last summer. It is ~2800 sq. ft. with a finished mother in law apt. in the basement which I have not been using as it is freezing and damp. The furnace is a retrofit 2010 Airco oil burning forced hot air furnace that has extremely poor duct work. Unfortunately the ductwork is buried in a sheetrock basement ceiling (of which I think I'm gonna have to tear out to get to it). My home is poorly insulated with ~ 6inches of pink in the attic. I have had an energy audit recently and am planning on doing some serious air sealing and insulating to make the home more comfortable this winter. Unfortunately I also found out I also need a new roof, so I may incorporate that into the insulating as well. My question to you is this: Do minisplits have any place in such a cold climate as a source of heat (secondary)? I used ~1200 gal. of oil last...

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