Just bought a home 2 months ago, in upstate NY, this is our first home. The home was built in 1979, and everything in it seems to be original to that date. (and I mean everything) I have several sources of heat, oil furnace for the most of the house, and electric baseboard and fire place for the living room portion of the house on a slab (an addition made I assume).
My issue is this York heat pump located in the basement. It is connected to the duct work of the oil furnace. I know very little so I've been trying to figure out its use. So far I've read that it works with a ac unit that should be outside. There is a cement platform outside and what looks like connections on the outside wall of the house next to this that seemed to have been for a central air unit(again, I know little).
My question would be, is this York Champion & Sunpath Heat Pump a unit that I can use stand alone for heat (either as a supplement or a backup to my furnace) or does it require an outside unit to function. If yes is it an efficient alternative to fuel?
When we first moved in I turned on the thermostat for the heat pump, and im sure heat was coming out of the vents, it could have just been warmer air. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks