Wow are there a bunch of brands and contractors out there for heat pumps! My wife and I hope you all can help us narrow our decision. We are looking to add air conditioning, and reduce the oil bill.
Our house is a 1949 cape cod with an 1100 sqft 1st floor, 700 sqft 2nd floor . We have an oil fire hot water boiler supplying 1st floor radiators, and 2nd floor baseboards. There is no air conditioning. There is an attic. and 30" crawl space, and one area where duct work could be run between the attic and crawl space (a common closet space). We've had 7 contractors come by; each with different advise. So far the best options appear to be:
1) A packaged heat pump for zoned to handle the whole house
2) A split system sized for the whole house with air handler in the attic
3) A package unit for the first floor, and a split system for the second.
Most contractors are pushing 13 seer R-22 systems without variable speed. It's very humid in Hampton Roads, Virginia and we need more advice on the pros and cons of these configurations, refrigerants, and variable speed fans.