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  1. #1
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    Heat Pump/Heat Strips/HW Baseboard settings help

    I had a new heat pump installed over the summer, with heat strips. I have a Honeywell Vision 8000 thermostat installed with an outdoor temperature sensor. I am going to set it up so the heat pump heats the house until the outdoor temperature is cold enough, then switch over to my Hot water baseboard oil burner. I was thinking I should set this temperature at about 32 degrees. I live in PA near Philly. It is a 1300 sq ft 1 story rancher. My goal is to not have to buy so much oil, and be more efficient. I'd like to not use the heat strips unless absolutely necessary as I know that drives the electric bill sky high. Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    You may

    need an extra relay/controller to do what you want. Possibly another OD T-stat. Contact either your installer or a good control guy. Sounds like what you want to do isn't that difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdunes View Post
    Lefty

    Hold on just a minute.

    I would want to compare HP with strip heat against the cost of running baseboarD hot water heat.

    Tell us about your new HP system, size, mdl number of outside condenser and inside air handler.

    Size of your heat strip.

    What is your electric rate?

    What are you paying for oil?

    Efficiency and size of your boiler?

    Post back.

    IMO
    Tigerdunes,

    You need to apply for Professional Membership.

    Please review AOP forum rules.

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    Yeah, I am going to second what tigerdunes said, we need a lot more information. Your name is Left"GEO" does this mean you have a geothermal heat pump installed or air to air heat pump?
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    You may be able to use your heat pump down to 25 with out needing aux/back up heat.

    A load calc could determine that.
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