My great aunt recently asked me for some input on what to replace her two propane heat/air conditioner units with. No, I’m not a professional, but she knows of my interest in this board.
The package units are both 10-12+ years old, and are on their final legs. The outrageously expensive propane (no NG option) is only used for heat, otherwise she’s all-electric.
Located east of Birmingham, AL by 60 miles, the electric rates are not bad, so I plan to advise her to go with heat pumps.
It’s the secondary heat I need your input on. I happen to think that electric strip heat is the most RELIABLE (if not the cheapest for her conditions). In her relatively mild winter climate, I just don’t think of propane heat as a backup is worthwhile. And a propane dual-fuel package wouldn’t amortize in a reasonable amount of time, considering the unknown prices of propane in the future.
Do you concur?