We are purchasing a pellet stove insert for our single floor 1200 sq. ft. home. We are doing this to reduce our dependency on oil (hot water boiler), which we use to heat the house with baseboard hot water rads. The home has a basement with a fireplace and a fireplace upstairs in the living room. Both fireplaces are at the one end of the house and the bedrooms at the opposite end. My concern is that if we put the insert upstairs we might get to hot in the living room and the bedroom/bathroom will be very cool.
My wife's concern is if we put the insert into the basement that we would not get the heat upstairs even if we put vents in the floor for the heat to escape into the living room.
If we put the insert upstairs I would like to put insulated duct work in the attic and move the heat from the living room to the back bedrooms/bathroom. Is this an effective option for moving warm air from one end of the house to the other?
What are the best options here? Any HVAC engineers out there that can answer this?