best electric heat source for chalet home?

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by nailmama76, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. nailmama76

    nailmama76 New Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Im in '70s challet lake home, built originally, as a lake/summer home, but Im in it, all year round, (tho, its not well insulated,& is covered 85%, in front, by windows & glass doors. It has baseboard electric heat in 3 bedrooms, but main open floor plan's heat source was its originally installed hot forced air heaters ( total-1 on each side of main area), meant to heat living/ dining rooms, kitchen, loft, & hallway. Both units broke over winter, &from 1974, parts are not available for fixing. I can't have a wood stove due to rental ins. co's rules & must replace by fall. Should I go w/ another hot forced air system, to fill in old ones, or is there something else that may heat home better than they did? It must be electric & I'm afraid baseboards won't be strong enough for the size & height of main area.
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    How cold does it get?

    A ductless split system is probably what you want. They are more efficient than resistance heat if the outside temperature is high enough. Mitsubishi is the top brand, but maybe some other will be more cost-effective.

    They have systems with a single compressor and multiple heat outlets. They can be zone controlled.
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  4. Dana

    Dana In the trades

    Jan 14, 2009
    Location/climate is important when considering heat pump options, and without a reasonable estimate of the amount of heat needed at the 99th percentile temperature bin for your location it's impossible to say whether the baseboards would cut it on their own or not, or how big the new systems need to be.

    Heat pumps in 2014 are WAY better than what was available in 1974, even in colder areas. Ductless heat pumps are even more efficient, if sized correctly. Knowing whether a noo-fangled Mitsubishi is the right solution here depends on a whole lot of particulars not yet in evidence, and sizing it right requires at least some napkin-math.
  5. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Mar 30, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    Houston, TX
    I like a Girl with meat on her bones.

    A fat lady is great when it gets cold.

    I know, I am not right.

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