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reneeleonard
New House heating & cooling best options
reneeleonard

We are building a new house, 38x32’, 19’ cathedral ceilings, 10’ side walls & loft on main floor. Our basement is, according to Lite Form owner in Sioux City, IA, the first ever residential tilt & lift basement. We are overwhelmed on what type of heating/cooling system to get to fit our needs. We are considering a wood burner or gas fireplace to heat the main floor with a backup heat system but don’t know what type to get & don’t want electric baseboard heaters in basement due to cost. We are ready to start working on inside and need heat to work this winter. A fast answer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

dj1
Re: New House heating & cooling best options
dj1

Why don't you invite a couple or three HVAC contractors to make some suggestions. Tell them your need, wants, concerns, type of energy sources available - and they'll come up with plans and costs, then you can make an educated decision.

If you want a temporary heating source while the interior is under construction, they will have options for you as well.

MichaelInOr
Re: New House heating & cooling best options
MichaelInOr

Gas fired hydronic floor heat would be my first choice for a whole house heating system in new construction or a major remodel.

My house has central air / heat pump. To me it is very inefficient, uncomfortable and expensive to install and run. I have added a couple strategically placed ductless high efficiency heat pumps (and 1 ducted mini split for the living room where I didn't want to look at a head unit) and we no longer use the central air. Both my heating and cooling bills are less than half (almost down to 1/3) and the house is MUCH more comfortable!

I installed electric floor heat under tile and engineered wood floors to augment the mini split systems (Actually Iinstalled the electric underfloor first then added the mini-splits recently). We absolutely LOVE the electric floor heat! We don't run the floor heat very warm but it really adds to the comfort of the house.

I also have a wood stove which is really nice on weekends and when we have company. But we are not home most of the day so it isn't a very practicle main heat source. For a main heat source I would be more prone to look at a pellet stove of some sort. Fireplaces are completely usless when it comes to heating. They suck more heat out of the house then they add.

Geothermal heat pumps have always interested me... but I do not have any experience with them.

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