Kk looking for ideas for an HVAC install at a ~1700 sq ft split level in Quebec, currently heated exclusively on Baseboards. Electricity cost ~ 0.07 cents. Nat gas is not an option. Heating req, ~50,000 btu, cooling ~18,000.
If i choose to install duct work and size the system for cooling then I get very little benefit for heat pump usage during winter as it will mostly work on resistance heating during winter. Ok, Agreed upon was that picking up a variable drive (nordyne, carrier) or a 2 compressor (trane) system would be the way to go, however the costs start reaching DYI geothermal category, hence no point.
how about installing 4 zone variable drive mini split unit, 4x12btu, so it would be relatively enough for heating (may need a bit to supplement at extreme days) and work well for cooling due to inverted compressor? Also can save some money on zoning and heating/cooling only where necessary...
Whats the opinion on these inverter multi-splits, talking about lower end stuff like klimaire, lg etc.. ; no Daikin VRV pls -(again Geothermal DYI category).......
.. otherwise wouldn't 3 ton 2 stage be the best compromise and maybe supplement with a dehumidifier in basement in the summer? (put 4 ton air handler, and slow down cfm for better humidity removal during summer?)
thanks again for all your input