We have an just placed a contract on an old brick home in maryland
(over 100 years) currently it has steam radiators. (gas) No duct work
just radiators. During inspection of the current system I asked about
putting a heat pump in the attic. I am just exploring my options here
an would love to get a bunch of opinions.
I was told that our gas steam radiators are going to cost us dearly to
heat our home.
Our main concern is the the second floor and attic. Currently the
attic is unfinished.
We plan on refinishing it with an office/playroom or master suite with
bath. It is big enough for that.
We are interested in being more energy efficient.
We would like air conditioning on the second floor and in the attic.
We would need heating in the attic.
In two of the four rooms on the second floor the radiators have been
removed, so technically there is no heat in those rooms.
We saw a number of old homes in our search where the duct work from
the basements went through closets and what not and frankly I think
ruined many lovely features of those older homes. Not to mention took
up too much needed space.
It has been suggested we put a heat pump in the attic with ducts to
vents in the ceiling to cool the second floor. It would be a zone
system with controls for the attic and 2 floor. The first floor is
something we will deal with at a later time.
What are your thoughts on this? What concerns would you have? Will it
be loud? Will there be a indoor and outdoor unit? How does this work?
What should I ask my HVAC contractor? What can I expect to pay for
Thanks so much for your insights.