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Old 11-16-2014, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Question about heat pump

The heat pump/ac unit is just off my front porch. I've noticed that sometimes when the heat kicks on the fan at the top of the unit doesn't run, and other times it does. Is this normal?
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:47 AM   #2
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Yes. Until the pressure builds and a temperature differential is reached, the fan will not cut in.. It also will be off if going through a defrost cycle. No worries.
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I have another question.

I have an oil filled radiant heater in the apartment. At right around 32 outside set on a medium setting, it keeps the apartment at 68 degrees without the heat pump coming on. At night when the temperature starts dropping (it's 18 now), then the heat pump starts kicking in.

Does this seem like a good way to heat the place in the winter? Would I be better off turning up the radiant heater at night and just using that? Or using the heat pump exclusively all the time? Apartment is well insulated.

Electricity is pretty cheap here because we have hydroelectric dams at both ends of town. But I still want to be as conservative as I can.
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Heat pumps are not very effective at very low temps. Generally, when it is that cold, the auxiliary heat strips will kick in. Use of the oil radiator seems like an excellent approach which I may plagiarize this winter, which is supposed to be below normal for us. 31 wed night. too cold for this time of year.
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