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well, now i've really done it....
...i created quite a conundrum for myself. our small and poorly insulated house in high falls, ny (1000' sf) has no heating whatsoever because i had the oil tank and oil furnace and old ducts removed, with a plan to install a more ecologically responsible, efficient heating plan that doesn't rely on fossil fuel. (i know--even electricity does, but ya know what i mean). the house is really small for a family of 4--3 little bedrooms, a dining area and living room. so what i was *hoping* to do was ducted heat using flexible ducts in the unfinished slab basement (low ceiling--5'6") with an air source heat pump, with 2 zones--public rooms (dining/living) and bedrooms (all 3 at once, just to limit zones). the tiny bath has radiant heat so i'm hoping that will suffice. i took the cable off the backing, with support from the tech folks at warmly yours, sending photos as i went, to make sure i wasn't below the min 2" spacing. so hopefully that will warm the bathroom. after meeting with a very smart hvac guy who really really wanted me to go minisplit--with me really really wanting to stay with ducts and floor registers (aesthetics/space considerations)--i thought i better write here to see if anyone might be able to help. the clincher was that perhaps in an effort to discourage my (bad?) plan, he said it would be expensive to do what i want. yeesh. meanwhile, a neighbor nearby installed his own system just as i'm describing but with an older elec unit (i don't think it's a heat pump--he said it's $$ to operate) for a small sum. mind you he did this about 12 years ago, himself, with the help of one handy guy whose name he can't recall--and i can't lean on him to help me sort it out or do it because i don't know him well enough to bug him for more info or to help actually source the equipment or install it. with that...i'm in high falls, ny and on a tight budget to heat our little house. there are existing floor registers where the old ducts were. am i nuts to want to do this? the smart local HVAC guy (certainly smarter than me) also suggested using elec baseboard heat in the little bedrooms since the splits would really be overkill in those small rooms, both from an energy and aesthetic perspective. so he also suggested mitsubishi splits (2 total) in just the dining and living room. that option he said would still be costly. again--yeesh. plus, there is an incentive rebate program from our elec company (central hudson) that i might be disqualified from if i do a hybrid system. so there might not even be a chance of a rebate--which a lot of contractors don't even want to help with since i think they only get paid a little for all this extra work. so basically...sos! any suggestions for folks who might be able to help would be gratefully accepted!!