Our heat pump quit working last week... It's 20 years old, so I knew it was coming.
Our heating situation is this:
Live in Pac NW in a colder area outside of Seattle.
2100 sq foot rambler built in the late 80's
Propane aux heat, furnace 80 percent efficient, also from the 80's, this is installed in a hall closet, kind of loud in the bedrooms when it fires up, it is currently turned off so we don't use the propane ( $$$)
Woodstove in main living area we use it alot- in fact we haven't missed our heat pump too much- we like it cool in the bedrooms anyway- oh and that is one area of problem- the Master bedroom gets too hot and stuffy when the furnace is on. But the woodstove will be a hassle in spring and Autumn when we only need heat for the mornings and evenings, and sometimes we don't want to go to the trouble of building a fire.
I have gotten a lot of quotes- from $ to $$, replacing the outside unit only with a "dry" Goodman to top of the line 2 stage vs system including new 80 percent furnace. Also have gotten quotes from 2 1/2 ton to 3 ton system. Our system is a Coleman Dex xii evcon, with a Payne indoor furnace. I can't read the model number so I don't know the tonnage- it seemed to be okay sized when it was working properly, but I would like the propane back up to come on very infrequently if possible. No one has done a calculation as far as I know.
I'm having a hard time figuring out what the best choice is. We plan to continue living here for a long time ( at least 10 more years)
I kind of like the ductless heat pumps for the individual zones ( similar to what we're doing with the woodstove now) but we already have ducts , and they are unattractive and from what I've heard, expensive.
As far as brands , I've read bad reviews about lennox , and Carrier seems to complicated,
but that's about all I have read.
I would appreciate any advice!