Okay guys and gals. I live in South Western PA. House is a two-story with basement. Heat pump is a circa 1984 Carrier unit that is on its last leg! First two floors are 2072sy consisting of 4 bedrooms upstairs, and FR, LR, DR, Kitchen on 1st floor. I have a heat-pump with supplemental strip-heat and have the same concerns that everyone else has...... too hot in the summer (upstairs), too cold in the winter (upstairs). I really don't believe this is a situation that needs to remain reality. We had some measurements taken, the equipment is sized correctly, but had one installer say that the trunk lines were too small. Air was noisy and without proper velocity.
My questions are:
Can I replace the equipment as is with newer more efficient equipment, and add some Tjernlund duct booster fans to help push the air to the second floor?
Are Mini-splits out of the question? I really like the idea of being able to adjust each room independently! Attic access is perfect upstairs, Basement with a drop ceiling currently! I like the idea of making the duct-work go away!
What are your thoughts? I want to keep in the $ or less area!