I live in the mountains in NC. I need to replace 20 year old heat pump. I have heard good things regarding an oil-pac, however, we can't seem to find anyone in this area that has ever installed an oil-pac. I currently have a heat pump with back up oil moniter heater, but during the winter I have to use a kerosene heater as well-any thoughts on what would be the best route to go? We are considering a heat pump with an oil furnace. Thanks!
Have a load calc done to see what size oil furnace you need for your back up.
And have your duct work evaluated, if it needs replaced or upgraded also.
You shouldn't need to fall back manually to another heat source.
Oil isn't very common in NC for good reason; heat pumps are much cheaper to run. I would recommend just getting a good heat pump and making sure that it has enough auxilary heat to take care of you even in the coldest weather. Heat pumps have gotten a bad reputation largely because you don't get great results when you buy cheap equipment and don't install or configure it properly. With a good contractor and modern equipment, they work just fine.