Upgrading a crappy HVAC setup
My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a new home in Northern NJ. The home was built in 1986 with forced hot air heat and withOUT air conditioning. Air conditioning was added later.
As a result, the house has two sets of ducts. One set feeds heat to both floors from the basement. The other feeds conditioned air to both floors from the attic – but there are too few ducts on the first floor for the A/C to work well for that floor.
The furnace uses oil and is likely nearing the end of its life. Also, the house has a pellet stove.
My thought is to replace the oil-fired furnace with a heat pump setup. The heat pump will provide heat in the winter and can be supplemented by the pellet stove on the coldest days, and will also provide A/C in the summer to complement the attic-based system. This setup also allows me to use the existing ducts.
What do you think of this approach? Heat pumps a bad idea in Northern NJ? What about utility costs vs. oil?
If you don’t like this idea, what would you suggest?
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