Replace electric baseboards?
I just bought a 2080 square foot colonial style house with electric baseboards and no A/C. The house has a full attic with pull down stairs and a full unfinished basement that I'd like to finish sometime in the future.
I started out looking to install central A/C and all the HVAC people I've talked to said to do a heat pump as the electric baseboards will be very expensive to run in the winter. There's no gas on my street and I don't want to mess with propane tanks so my only source of heat would be electricity.
What should I look for as far as a heat pump system is concerned and what questions should I be asking when getting bids? So far my I'm looking to do two units so as not to worry too much about losing closet space and building soffits around ductwork. And prices have ranged from $14k to $30k for a dual system.
Btw, I'm in the Philadelphia area if location is a factor (certainly seems like it from what i've been reading so far).