I have a split-level home, which is approximately 1600 sq.ft. Presently I have electric baseboard heat, with a pellet stove on the main level. I am looking to upgrade to a better, more centralized heating system, while also ditching the pellet stove (too many problems, too much work).
The main floor; which is one room, combining living room, dining area and kitchen is on a slab. Go up 6 steps to 3 bedrooms and a full bath. Go down 6 steps to a 4th bedroom/den, full bath, and a small laundry/utility room.
I have had a couple of different contractors in to take a look, and I am getting conflicting advice. One person said that since there is a natural gas line at the street, I should have a line brought in and go with a high output gas fireplace on the main floor, and use electric on the lower level. Then use window units for AC.
Another guy recommended mini splits. He said it would be too expensive to install a gas furnace for central heat. As he would either have to go up into the attic to run vents that would blow heat through vents in the ceiling, or run piping to baseboard heaters and the walls would be torn open. His advice was to forget the gas option, and just go with 4 mini splits (1 on the main floor, 1 on the lower level, 1 in the master bedroom and 1 in the medium sized bedroom - baby's room doesnt get one, he said to leave the door open and leave her with baseboard heat.) But I am a bit concerned that I still have electric heat.
Does anyone have experience with this type of home design? It is less than ideal, and maybe this is why the original builder put electric heat in the house. I believe the power company will run the gas line for free if I have a big enough appliance/s.