07:47AM | 08/21/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
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Our air handler is only 5 years old, but I guess our A/c unit outside is 20yrs old. I was trying to get a quote for adding heat to the Airhandler and the guy suggested I go with a Heat Pump.

I have heard Heat Pumps don't work well below 20 degrees. I have Baseboard heat so this proably isn't an issue.

Anyone out here have a heat pump in the Big Ten region that has some positives or negatives for me? thanks.

oh, and how much did you pay for yours? thanks


07:44AM | 08/22/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
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I will only go the Heat pump route if I need to replace my entire A/C system.

I am still waiting on a quote from my A/C guys on resistive heat add-on for my A/C unit. I don't plan on using it full time, just to say that I have force air heat when I try to sell the home. Of course a good realitor will know that the resistive heat is not inexpensive.


07:36AM | 08/24/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
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Baseboard heat is a little slow, but I only have to heat the rooms I want to heat. Timers can drop the kitchen down to 58 while the bedroom is still a comfortable 65+. I just replaced a unit in the bathroom. $22 for a 30" unit for the end of the room. Beats having to paint the old ugly one to match.

And one of the best things is that Baseboard heat doesn't drown out the sound of the TV or record player like a vent blowing air into a room. I hated my apartments with the blower mounted in the room making noise every 10 min.
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