I just closed today on an old house in northwest Ohio. I know as much about HVAC as the Government knows about saving money.
The house has a very old forced air furnace with ductwork only to the lower level. The furnace is on it's last leg. (old, rusty, poor ductwork, etc.)
We built in the home loan to get a new system. We've had two estimates but neither so far has really impressed us. I'd first like to know what kind of questions I should be asking, as far as the basics. I've done some reading on the internet but I still have no idea what I'm talking about.
Here are the basics on the home. It was built in 1866. It's triple brick walls and it has insulation which appears recent in the attic. There's no ductwork in the upstairs at all. This is what I was considering.
I wanted to split the system up. Put a furnace & A/C for the upstairs and one for the downstairs. That way we could limit what we do upstairs during the day where the bedrooms are located.
I wanted at least a 2 stage system, variable speed, and I would like a dual fuel system. One of those heat pumps that will kick over to propane when it gets too cold.
What could I do to save some money that wouldn't sacrafice quality, what kind of questions should I ask, and what other advice can you give? I know I'd like the whole house humidifier for Ohio winters. What about an air quality unit? Am I on the right track here???
Thanks for any responses.