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  1. #14
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    Oct 2010
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    Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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    As stated above I would make an ell or tee to direct airflow in different directions other than that I see no problems other than high utility bill but that beats busted pipes. Check temp at furthest point when it gets cold and see how low you can set the temp to stay above freezing to keep your electric bill as low as possible

  2. #15
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    Sep 2012
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    The electric furnace will only be an emergency back up to the mini-split heat pump system which the spec sheet says is good down to
    down to 0 degree f.It usually does'nt get to zero here very much and if it does it does'nt stay there long.The electric bill should not be too bad with the heat pump.

  3. #16
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    Jan 2009
    Location
    Keokuk, IA
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    The minisplit will still function below 0F, but capacity will be greatly reduced, and it won't be a much more efficeint that heat strips depending on outdoor humidity levels... but likely enouhg capacity for freeze protection.

    However, having a reliable heat soruce for emergency back-up isn't a bad idea. Getting it for $150, makes it a simple choice, I can't disagree.

    Just make sure all electrical codes are followed in terms of proper wire size, breaker size, etc. A fire from improper electrical will do a LOT more damage than a busted water line. IF you're going ot be away for a period of time in winter, you can also just winterize the place using antifreeze in traps and draining the plumbing. You can do that in 20-30 minutes in most cases.

  4. #17
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    Sep 2012
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    I will probably use the cabin every other week in the winter as it's only 14 miles from my home.The only part I dont like about winterizing is making sure the dishwasher,clotheswasher and icemaker in the fridge are done properly.
    I have been looking for remote temperature monitor for use with a pre-paid cell phone to keep tabs on things about $190 is as cheap as I have found.Of course it is fairly close so I can just drive down and check.
    Thanks again for all the helpful advice. Bob

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