I am a homeowner with a 3500 sq ft. home in New York. 10 years ago I purchased an American Standard 16 seer ducted HVAC system. When temperatures go below freezing I have to back up this system with baseboard heaters. Some of my baseboard heaters are newer and some are very old (and probably extremely inefficient). I would love to have a net zero house but I’m not sure if this is possible. Last year I added insulation to the basement and attic. I have solar water heater which is fantastic. I also have sunpower solar panels and wood burning stove that can heat 3000 sq. ft but I don’t want to be be always dependent on it. Heating is my biggest problem in that it takes so much energy. The house uses around 40000 kwh.
I am currently about to remodel my daughters room which has a 10 + year old baseboard heater in it. Could I/should replace it with a i.e. fujitsu mini split? Or should I think about replacing the entire HVAC system? Is there any energy efficient heat pump on the market now that can handle cold New York winters and eliminate my need of baseboard heaters? Thank you so much in advance!!
Posted Jun 9, 2014 10:56 AM ET
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