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Jeanne
opinions needed on heating/cooling options on an addition to an old four square home
Jeanne

We're doing a three story addition to a 1910s four square in the Chicago area that currently uses a radiator boiler system for heat and spacepack central air system.  We're adding onto the basement, as well as a 1st floor kitchen family room and 2nd floor master bedroom/bath. 

Our contractor has given us two options for heating/cooling the new space. We do not konw pricing yet but wanted to get opinions ahead of time b/c 1) I'm not a fan of forced heat and 2) i'm very concerned with how two types of heating systems would work together. Also - would radiant heat be an option? I don't think that's exactly the same as boiler heat but I'm not sure.

I would appreciate any thoughts. thanks!

Cost Effective Model:

  • Use existing boiler for the new bedroom upstairs; use space pack in bedroom
  • Small 40 gallon hot water heater for the basement floors.
  • Forced Air Heat/AC in Kitchen and new living room

"Cadillac" Model:

  • New Boiler for new edition. Create 3 zones (basement, 1st floor, and upstairs for heat using 2 boilers.
  • Add tubing in new floors of bedroom (under hardwood) for heat (no radiators).
  • Forced Air AC in New Space.

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