Annoyed with space heaters, looking for an upgrade

I have a fairly small house.

At just under 1000 square feet, there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an all-in-one living room, dining room, and kitchen that blend together at the center of the house.

The living room is right up by the front door and you pass through the dining area as you make your way toward the kitchen in the far back. It’s almost like an L-shape with the dining room being inside the conjoining vertex. I had an amazing space heater that I used for years with no trouble. It didn’t consume too much electricity and was considerably more efficient than my forced air electric furnace. Sadly, that space heater finally broke after six years of continual use and I couldn’t find the same model again no matter what store I looked at. I bought the best thing I could find that seemed the closest to the model I had before, but I ran the machine for a week when it started to melt the inside of my electrical outlet where the metal contacts for the cord are inserted. If I hadn’t been sitting next to it as it happened, my house no doubt would have caught on fire. Now I’m wary of trying any other space heater at this point and am talking with residential HVAC suppliers about my options beyond simply forced air furnaces. When I learned that you can use heat pumps in conjunction with ductless mini splits, I became extremely intrigued. The upgrade would add some equity to the house, potentially outpacing the cost of the installation altogether. I just have the hard task of deciding what company and model I want to invest my money in. With so many options and suppliers available, I can’t seem to finally pull the trigger and set an installation date.

 

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