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Parents looking for new heat
My parents have a, roughly, 50 year old house. A1700 square foot ranch house in northern Indiana. they're getting tired of their high electric bill (400-600 during the winter, 150-400 during the summer). They have electric baseboard heating and have to install a window air conditioner every summer. Their house sits on a crawl space (maybe 18" to crawl through), so it would most likely be too costly to run duct work under there. My question is, should they go with a propane furnace/ac unit mounted in their attic (either high efficiency with heat tape wrapped around the condensate drain, or a low efficiency with no worry about a condensate drain), or a heat pump unit (something like those Mitsubishi or Fujitsu units mounted in the attic as well). Either way they go, they'll probably keep their baseboard for at least a few years as a backup.
I've heard good and bad about both types of set ups, but unfortunately just don't know quite enough to give a good answer. Thanks for any help!