Well, I'm in a bit of an interesting position in that I've bought a house with basically no heating. There is a woodstove which the previous owners used as really the only source of heat, but my family isn't really into that situation, so we want to add something. We will still be using the woodstove as a primary source of heat, but we need something else to even out the heat through the house and also for when we go away for a few days (so the pipes don't freeze).
I've been mulling over various options, but I really know little about it and it's a bit confusing and daunting, so I thought I would ask here for some general advice ideas.
- I live in Canada, near Toronto, so it gets pretty cold.
- We like wood heat, and will use it a lot.
- The house is about 1500sqf and there are some rooms fairly far away and through several angles from the woodstove
- There is a basement a furnace could go into
- The electrical is 100amp, and I don't know how loaded it is right now to be honest, not entirely sure how to calculate that.
- Windows are good, insulation I'm not positive
- I'm definately on a budget - I want to do as much of the work as I can myself and am willing to learn, but am only a mildly capable diy-er.
- There is a propane tank outside, and a line running into the house, but it's cut off.
- There is no ducting
- I've already ripped off one ceiling and am not opposed to ripping out walls/ceilings if it is the best way to get the job done (ie for ducting)
- I intend in the future (near future) to add a 900sqf addition which will need heat. I don't have any idea if it should tie into current heat or what, but should be kept in mind i guess.
What would you do?
My first thought was to do electric baseboards, but I'm not sure the electrical system can handle it and upgrading to 200amp would be pretty expensive on top of everything else.
I then thought about picking up a used propane furnace (can be had for $500 or so) and running my own ducting. My issue with that is I have no idea how - I don't know if that is a reasonable project or not. If it is, I'll take it on and do it.
There are always various deals out there for used oil/propane tank/furnace/hot water heater combos from people who have switched to another source for cheap ($800 range) - I like the idea of getting one of those, running my own ducting, and then maybe paying someone to do the final hookup of furance to ducting.
I've also thought of a propane in-wall furnace in another section of the house - we would basically have two space heaters, but it might do the job.
So to anyone still reading - what would you do? What should I be considering? Is running ducting a reasonable job to take on? Is it a good option? What kind of price range should I be looking at all together?
Thanks anyone and everyone for advice, I'm just a bit overwhelmed right now with it.
Edit: Just came across "comfort furnace"...any experience with these?