And thx for the additional HP info.. I've been away from them for 16 years now and hated the one I had in my other home ( typical reasons, cold air coming form vents, strips kicking in fairly often and so on ). Is great to hear that things have changed!
My dumb question is I'm assuming a HP alone would be cheaper than a AC + gas furnace option but then as I don't know what I'm talking about, I'll just ask.
My electric rates here are quite reasonable ( about 9 cents per kwh.. wish I were buying power from my own company as it would be under 8 cents per kwh.. my shameless plug for nuclear power.. still cheap even with the overregulation and no greenhouse gases, and we release much LESS radiation ( in the form of inert noble gases ) to the environment than a similar sized coal plant ). Gas is $1.36 per ccf, or 1.33 per therm .
Is certainly worth considering!