Suggestions for best heating/AC strategy: central or minisplits?
Just wanted to ask for your advice:
My house was flooded during hurricane Sandy (we live on LI). We currently have System 2000 – oil, stacked – for all of our heating and hot water needs. We only installed it in 2010. It instantly reduced our oil usage by 35%. Existing central air system is very, very old. We cannot only change the condenser, we need to change air handler as well. Our dilemma is finding an optimal solution in our situation. We used to have 2 zone heat (main level and 2nd floor). We are being advised to change main level to 2 zones since baseboards will be installed. We still need to make a decision whether we should replace existing damaged central air system with new one (1 stage, 2 stage, SEER?) or just abandon air ducts and go for minisplits? The house is approx. 1050 sq ft on the main level and 700 sq ft on the second floor. The main level is completely gutted at this point. There are only 2 of us living in the house.
Also, we plan to remodel the kitchen – partition wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed along with radiator. We will close off kitchen door and relocate it to the dining room. This creates a slight issue with heating.
Thanks for your input.
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