I am meeting with a few mechanical contractors Monday/Tuesday for quotes concerning our historic home, built in 1850. The house is 4,800 sq. ft. with dual pane windows. The home consists of 2,800 sq. ft. first floor, with 13 ft. ceilings. and a 2,000 sq. ft. upstairs with 9 ft. ceilings.
Currently, the home has a gas furnace (basement) and an outdoor A/C unit that is barely able to keep up with the heating/cooling demands of the first floor. We are looking for a new solution to be able to efficiently manage the environment within this huge home.
I am not loyal to any particular brand, unless they have a unique solution to deal with this house, but I am concerned with the quality of the installation. That being said, is another furnace the way to go? Or should I be entertaining, HP,dual fuel, gas packs, ductless (for the second floor)? We rarely are upstairs, so the on demand feature of ductless is appealing. Could this also be accomplished with zoning?
Sorry for the nubile questions. Trying to cut through the marketing and technology to arrive at an efficient solution. Thanks in advance. I will follow up with the advice given by the contractors Monday and Tuesday. Just would like to be more educated before I talk to the professional so it is less of a one way conversation.