Geepers! 100 year old 2 story home 4800sf 13ft ceilings.
Florida Panhandle/Mobile area. Had to fire up the 1909 hot water boiler for temps below freezing. Usually use the old downstairs 5 ton NG package unit (needs replacement) with ducts running in basement. Water heater about to die too! Upstairs is new Carrier 15 SEER A/C with heat strips (really doesn't heat much). Sooo...what to do?
1. Replace boiler with new, but what kind given it won't get much use? No point wasting money. Do boilers rust out if rarely used? Do I need stainless steel? Just keep the old boiler? I smell incomplete combustion fumes in the basement boiler room, and also outside by the package unit.
2. Replace gas package unit. Electric Co. says HEAT PUMP!!
Makes some sense to me, especially the 2 speed with 2 speed air handler.
3. Domestic water heater needs replacement-can this dovetail with the new boiler/HVAC?
WHAT'S BEST for the long term?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.