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02-20-2013, 11:42 PM #1New Guest
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- Feb 2013
Shall I add a furnace to my electric heat pump?
Dear pro's, it is our first winter in the townhouse (~1500 sqft + 600sqft finished basement) we recenrtly bought in MA, and the first time we face enormous electric bills! We have electric heat pump, with aux electric strips. We know that it is not the most efficient thing for MA winters. Without aux heat, the indoor temperature doesn't go higher than 66F during the coldest nights. Aux doesn't help much then, though. However, hopefully it is just one-two months a year. But my concerns are
1. Is 66F during some rather cold nights normal without aux heat (and with it)? Or I have to check windows/doors insulation, say? Townhouse has brick exterior, so, probably, walls are fine...
2. What do you think, does it worth to install gas furnace to replace electric strips? And can I do that to end up with dual-fuel system (that switches between heat pump and furnace depending on the outdoor temperature? Or electric pump has to be replaced as well? Or that will be too expensive?
3. Some registers have lower air flow compared to others. Is it fine? If not, is there anything I can do about that?
Thanks in advance