In our new house I plan on installing one of the soapstone stoves (probably the Fireview), which will heat the family room, dining area, and kitchen. Some of this heat will make its way to the bedrooms, but probably not much due to the layout (ranch style home). I am trying to determine what sort of HVAC to put in since the existing furnace is shot. The unit will heat 4 bedrooms and a basement since the woodstove will do the rest. I have considered a 16 seer Carrier heat pump, but am also wondering about geothermal units. The HVAC contractor I am working with installs both heat pumps and geothermal units, but stated the geothermal might be a waste of money since I would have the woodstove. I am wondering whether anyone here has both a woodstove they burn 24/7 and a geothermal unit? If so, are you recognizing any payback from your geothermal unit?