Furnace blew up, need to replace heat and air with single unit.
I want to get something that will provide heating and air in one unit, not sure of the best choice. In North Carolina, doesn't usually get below 30 degrees (except for this week!) and above 90 degrees. This is a single story duplex, no existing duct work, so I would be doing both sides. Price is of most consideration because I will have to install 2X!
Here are some initial options I was looking at:
- Heat pump - but I read that they don't get the place really warm? What is the best brand for the money?
- packaged gas/electric systems - do these work well? Price?
- Open to other options I might not know about...
As you can tell I have no experience in this area, need input please!
There are two main styles of heat pumps, free air and geothermal. A geothermal would be the easiest and the best operating of the two. However they have very high installation cost associated with them. They will last approximatley 30 years if taken care of properly and heat and cool for pennies on the dollar. You will make your upfront investment back in about 10 years in savings at the meter. Combination heat / cool units do their job quite well, but will cost you at the meter. They generally don't last more than 15 years because of the environment they are subjected to. They have considerably lower installation cost but will cost generally as much if not more in the long run. Hope this helps in your decision.
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