I am buying a new 2-story Colonial home with an unfinished basement. Unfortunately, there is no central A/C in the house, and the only heating system is electric baseboard throughout.... plus a fireplace (in the Living room on the 1st floor). I am thinking of installing a heat pump/central AC system in the unfinished basement that vents up to the 1st floor, and one in the attic that vents down to the 2nd floor.
I currently own a Leisure Line Pioneer top-vent stove in my ranch home, and am thinking about moving it to the basement of this new home (I thought about using the chimney of the fireplace and putting it there, but my wife doesn't want it in the living room).
Do you think I could use a heat jacket and tie the stove into the vents of the forced air heat pump system? I saw this page and it peaked my interest: http://leisurelinestoves.com/1904137.html
I am not HVAC expert so I don't know if this is possible.
Also, if I don't have a chimney in the basement, can I convert my stove to use a power vent system? Is that OK to use below grade in an unfinished basement, assuming I can pipe it up high enough?
Thanks as always!