I own a cape-style house that was built on a slab, and currently have an lp wall heater with electric baseboards to supplement. I would like to upgrade to an lp forced hot-air system, however, with no basement, space is at a premium.
My original thought was to put the new furnace upstairs, run the ductwork behind the kneewalls and install the vents through the ceiling of the downstairs rooms. There is currently no ductwork in the house, and I am on a tight budget. I have contacted a few HVAC installers in my area including Home Depot, Sears, etc. for quotes. Should I also contact independent HVAC installers?
Is placing the furnace upstairs a good idea? What other options do I have? Can someone suggest furnace options and/or economical alternatives? My LP gas bill was running around $300/mo and my electric bill was about the same. The house is well insulated as it was originally built for electric heat, and is about 1700 sq. ft.
Any suggestions and/or comments would be appreciated.