Replacing electric central furnace with heat pump
We are considering a replacement of our 27 year old central electric resistance furnace with a heat pump. We have duct work. Which should we consider - ductless or ducted heat pump?
Any additional recommendations on manufacturer or specific unit would be greatly appreciated. Here's the stats:
2240 square feet, 2 story house just north of Seattle. Air return is upstairs. 4 bedrooms around a central hallway upstairs. Principal need is heat, but a little A/C on the 3-4 summer days that get hot is also nice.
For a ductless install, we have plenty of power in the box, could mount the external unit right outside the breaker box, run the refrigerant lines about 30 feet through the garage and mount in a nice spot on the first floor.
For a ducted, we'd need to add a bit of expense to build a pad for the compressor, but there is a good spot right outside the garage near the existing furnace.
We are moving quickly in an attempt to capitalize on the tax credits and local PUD promotions.
We had a recommendation and quote last night from a local dealer for A Fujistu 24RSLX ductless for $6600 installed (which seems very high to me).
We'd love to hear professional opinions from those more experienced with this type of situation! Thanks all.