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Looking for A/C and possibly new heating system


We have a large Victorian, about 4000 ft2. We currently have 1 pipe steam heat fueled by oil. The house is well insulated (blown in) and has high quality storm windows.

We are looking to install some kind of air conditioning (not window units). The house has 3 floors. We mainly need air conditioning in the kitchen and the bedrooms, and would like to find the most efficient solution.

I have investigated Unico Systems mini duct system. Also the Mitsubishi ductless mini-split system. More recently someone said that if we were going to install ducts for air conditioning, we ought to switch over our heating system as well to something much more efficient. He first recommended the Bryant Evolution Extreme Heat Pump then a gas hot water system for heating and cooling.

We would like to do what's best for the house and the environment. We intend to live in the house for a long time. I would love any advice. Should we just do the air conditioning? Should we redo the heating at the same time? We live just south of Boston.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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