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Old 01-11-20, 11:42 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by dfhuynh View Post
Thanks for even more ideas, guys!

I think I'll go with good insulation and (almost*) completely electric: a mini-split per bedroom, multiple mini-splits in the "big room", all powered with solar and a battery, potentially with VRF if that's more efficient. *Then I'll have a gas fireplace mostly for looks and for a few extra cold nights (it got down to 38F yesterday). For the extra hot days I'll bring out some floor fans.
Good choices. Get a gas fireplace that is efficient at heating the rooms, not one that is just made for looks. That way you will have a good source of backup heat if you lose power.

And, for those cold nights, a very comfortable, effective and efficient way to handle them is with an electric blanket under your regular blankets.
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