windyhill4.2 wrote:Install a coal burning heat system & be warm, install a heat pump system & wish you were warm,..... lots of difference between those 2 scenarios. A heat pump might be ok for South Carolina.Georgia & Florida, but will not be satisfactory & WARM in central Pa. & north further,and when deregulation hits high gear the electric bill will make you wish for the coal burning system.
You're absolutely right about the cost of electricity 'necessarily skyrocketing' thanks to the fools who voted for He Who Shall Not Be Named in ALL of the NE states! The question from the OP though was for his particular situation, how would he best heat his house, which is really stretched out in 3 dimensions. He's using electric BASEBOARD heat now which is unGodly expensive! The mini-splits would slash that bill tremendously plus give him AC in the summer with SEER's in the 18-26 range. You'll also find a lot of people up your way as far as Canada now have heat pumps.
Without a doubt, the best solution from a cost standpoint would be coal if the dang EPA and their puppet masters don't kill it. Also, he would need a distribution system to heat his entire house.