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Old 01-03-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Finishing 2nd story of cape code, HVAC advice


I'm soon to be working on the electrical/hvac of my unfinished 2nd story. The upstairs is 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, approximately 475 sq ft, so it isn't that big. I'm trying to figure out what the best options are considering the size:

*fit to use existing heat pump on first floor
*install new heat pump for second floor
*install baseboard and some other A/C system

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I have a heat pump system on the first floor (Carrier 25HBR), how can I determine if it has enough "juice" to heat the upstairs as well? (IE what numbers do I need to run). If possible, I dont see a simple way to run the duct work upstairs, does anyone have an idea what it would cost for an HVAC pro to retrofit this?

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Would baseboard heating be any more/less efficient than the heat pump? I would imagine all things being equal it would be better considering I can turn them down when not in use for specific rooms.

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What would my options be for A/C if I did not opt for the entire heat pump system?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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If you use your current heat pump.
Your aux heat will need to come on sooner to heat the house.

how many rooms will you have upstairs?

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Old 01-04-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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I'm assuming the first floor system was sized for that floor when installed, if so I would not add any other load that system. Check it out for size, Oh that's right the ductwork that could be a problem.

Well let's see 2 bedrooms and a bath I would consider a two zone split mini heat pump system, just hang the indoor coils on the walls and run the connecting lines and electrical with a remote control thermostat.

Wa LA no duct work, nice and quite, and different system from first floor, and the best, separate controls for even temperature.
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It will be 3 rooms. Thanks for advice, I've scheduled an estimate. Now at least I have some lingo to throw out there if the guy says I need a gold plated flux capacitor.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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chazman sorry forgot the bathroom.

Watch out for the price of that gold plated flux capacitor.
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