I and my wife recently bought a home that is approximately 50 years old and 1400 square feet. Though it was not the best looking home, everything seemed to be in working order. We figured we would work on it ourselves over the next few years, eventually sell it, and hopefully get about what we put into it if not more. 2 weeks into livng in the home, we discovered 3(count them 3) gas leaks that were unnoticed by the home inspector. All of the leaks were corrected but the 1967 furnace was disconnected due to a leak in the control valve. Since the furnace is as old as it is, we've been told that it might be better to just get a new one that is more efficient and smaller, rather than go for the cheap fix and possibly have further problems next year. We would also like to put central air in, which would probably be cheaper if put in with a new furnace. An last, we have a refinished garage without any vents so we would like to vent it. The major problem is that we have little space for new vents, and an old flat roof underneath our traditional one, so cutting through it would be a chore. We have had two estimates, one from a friends friend who is starting out his own business of $XXX.XX, and one from a larger company of $XXXXX.XX (who mentioned bringing in contracters). I feel that some of the work we can do ourselves which would eliminate the cost greatly, but of coarse anything involving the actual instillation would need professionals.
Finally my questions? I've looked into spacepak and unico, which sound like they are very good and easily fit into walls and almost anywhere, but they sound pricey, are they?
I've also looked into the Mr. Slim mitsubishi units, but they sound like glorified space heaters and ac units. how do they compare to a forced and central air units.
Are there any units that I am not considering that might better fit my needs? Like outside units possibly? Or anything?
And since we are on a very restricted budget we just want the most cost effective solution that could be seen favorably by a home buyer in the future.
>>>>>>>>>EDIT: Removed pricing, please review
[Edited by HeyBob on 09-02-2006 at 10:29 PM]