I was looking through my brochure for my RBHM Air Handler and I see "Electric Heat (optional)" listed.
Can somebody tell me about this electric heat option? If I wanted to be able to use my CAC for heat in the winter, what would I have to add to this unit?
Does it require just adding a part to the air handler that enables the heat option? Or does it require an entirely different device (like a furnace) to get the heat going?
My current house has an oil fired furnace that heats my hot water for sinks/showers as well as my baseboards. I don't have a separate water heater and I have no gas in the house.
With the price of oil moving up to $5 a gallon, I am looking for alternate ways of heating my house to save on oil. I don't mind using my oil for my hot water and showers since my oil bills in the summer are low.
But in the winter I run though 100 gallons of oil a month. I like my house on the "colder" side, but last winter I had an issue where my baseboard heating pipes on the second floor froze (because I don't like to heat the upstairs if I dont have to). So I ended up running the heat up there just so they wouldn't freeze again. $$$$$$$$$
Would it be feasable to use my RBHM to heat the house, and use my oil furnace for just my hot water to my showers and sinks? Trying to figure out how much this would cost to upgrade the RBHM to electric and how involved the project is.
Thanks in advance.