Hello home heating experts and enthusiasts! I have thought of lots of potential ideas, but I am soliciting your advice before I move forward with purchasing and installing heating options. I wanted to go through some forums first before letting the salespeople chime in. I am trying to strike a balance between energy efficiency and budget friendly. There are lots of other things we have to do here!
We bought a house in the beginning of November. 1500 sqft up and 770 down in the basement, below grade. Originally there was a furnace with baseboard heat all over. The previous owners removed all baseboard units and installed a heat pump that only services the upstairs. There is no ductwork downstairs and not much option to install as it is finished. There is a chimney with three flues, one fireplace up, one down, and one for missing furnace.
We keep the thermostat upstairs around 66 degrees but on a 26 degree day like today, it is unable to keep up. We use a space heater in the baby's room but the electrical won't support another in the adjacent toddler room. Outside of re-insulating the attic and some other options, I am looking for a cost-effective option to bring heat to lower areas, thus improving the total house heat. I have considered all sorts of fireplace inserts, there is no gas run to the house currently. I have also thought about the ductless heating route or the standalone baseboard downstairs, but I don't know if that will help upstairs be warmer?
The back two rooms downstairs I can close off and heat easily with a 1500w space heater which I only do when we are using them. The fireplace room, laundry area, and entry from the garage are all open and unheated. The garage is directly underneath the toddler room and the master, adding to the cold factor in those two rooms. I am sure there are other options I have not thought about. I appreciate, in advance, your feedback!