To heat pump or not?
I have a two-story farmhouse built in 1899. It currently has an oil furnace with forced air duct work that only serves the first floor. Warm air is supposed to find its way up the stairs to the bedrooms. The old ducts are larger and the air seems to blow a little harder in an effort to make the second floor warm. It doesn't really work and the 1980's furnace is on its last legs. I brought in a HVAC guy who said, "We'll put a heat pump in the basement for the first floor and another heat pump in the attic for the second floor, $40K or more."
That's not going to happen, but I would like to get away from oil heat and I plan to install task heating in the second floor rooms that need it, but I am wondering if anyone is successfully using a heat pump to heat a two story house ducted in the manner I described? I just don't believe heat pumps, even the newer ones with heating elements, can make air warm enough to carry sufficient heat to the 2nd floor.