Space heating only - yea or nay?
I moved into this 2200 sq ft, 2-story home last year. It was built as an ultra-modern, all-electric house in 1968 - that includes the furnace. Last winter we spent about $500 a month in electricity heating the house.
We are considering two options - swapping out the old furnace for a gas one, using the same ductwork which means when it's on it is heating the whole house.
Or, using space heating in each area/room instead.
My thinking is that it is not necessary to heat up the whole house. This is Southern California. It's just me and my husband and sometimes guests. Whole-house forced-air heating seems so old and inefficient.
The original open living area had an orange floating fireplace that the previous owners removed. I'd like to put back some kind of fireplace there, as well as in the master bedroom/bath that will be remodeled next year.
Downstairs there is a family room which I've turned into a Western-themed room and looking at an electric pot-bellied stove in there. The guest bathroom has an electric wall heater already.
So do you think it's a good idea/efficient to put individual heating options in each area and not use a whole-house furnace at all? We are not going to be selling the home anytime soon!