Best Value / Most Efficient new HVAC system for my house
I live in a 1952 cape. 3 stories (including the partially finished basement. Approximately 1900 sf total. Pennsylvania.
Heat is oil fired furnace to cast iron baseboard heaters.
The oil is expensive! The electric bills in the winter while the oil furnace is running is expensive!
I am just beginning to look into converting to a new hvac system. Heat pump, central air, etc etc
I have no ducts in the house, but there is space for ducts to be run and soffits to be built.
I dont want to go the most expensive nor the cheapest route.
I want a combination of value and efficiency.
There are alot of diffefent hvac systems out there......which one do you recommend?
What would be it's monthly operating cost (roughly)?
Alos, roughly, how much should this cost (a ballpark # so I know what to expect is fine)?
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!
let's be clear.
you have boiler or furnace?
is nat gas service available to your home?
you want to go to forced air HVAC?
if so, I would start with an HVAC dealer with demonstrated experience in retrofitting a home like yours. Zoning may be an option or perhaps two systems.
no natural gas
whatever system would be the best value to me
boiler=hot water which is what you have if you have CI base board
boiler, yes.....sorry! its early!
so you want to get a hot air system is this correct?
How big a lot? It may pay you to look at a ground source heat pump (GSHP)
You need to rethink what you are seeking. Choose the BEST installation company first! Equipment is 2nd to installation. Anyone can put it in, but will it be right. A good company can make most any brand work good for you!
I recently installed a network in a new home belonging to a well known stock trader. His new home is heated with a ground source heat pump hot water system. However it is mostly radiant floor heat. Not sure if there is a ground source boiler equivalent or not or if it's pricey. This was a "comfort at any price" home. May be something to investigate.
I would recommend you look into the value of approaching this as a "whole house" approach, rather than just focusing on the hvac side of it alone. Your house may have some serious issues relating to its air leakage and insulation levels. Spending some money on these issues will only pay for itself as time goes by. No sense heating & cooling the neighborhood.
An answer without a question is meaningless.
Information without understanding is useless.
You can lead a horse to water............
Originally Posted by stevieray57
I have questions too!
* Are you looking for AC also?
* I know you mentioned no Nat gas to your house; but did you mean also that you cannot get Nat gas to your place?
* Is there any off-peak deals from your utility co.?
* A wood boiler.
* An electric boiler, is it cheaper I don't know (I don't know your rates).
* A propane boiler; cost is just about even par with oil.
* Heatpump forced-air may cost more to install, but cost less to operate.
Really, I couldn't give you the ideal solution until I know utility cost, Heat-load, and special util programs.