When it comes time to remodel, you will have limited options when it comes to the type of heating system you install. Everything, from the fuel source to the duct system, is extremely expensive to change. However, if you are planning on building a new home, you have a unique opportunity to install an HVAC system that will improve your quality of life and increase the energy efficiency of your home.
This old standby still has a place in new homes. This is because these heaters are efficient, inexpensive, and have the ability to quickly heat your home. In addition, these systems make it easy to install filtration and dehumidifier systems in line with the heater. They are an ideal solution when you want something inexpensive, or when you only need to turn on the heater on a few cold days each year.
Radiant heat is especially popular for bathrooms, but can be easily installed throughout your house, especially when it is first being built. Pipes run warm water through the floor. Since heat rises, this then warms the room. It is common to retrofit bathrooms with this system so you never have to suffer from the cold tile in the morning, but since you are building new, you can enjoy bare feet in your whole house.
Hot Water Baseboard
In some ways, this system works just like radiant heat. A central boiler pushes hot water through the system, which then heats the house. Instead of pipes installed in the floor, baseboards are installed in each room that push the heat out into the room.
Because units are individualized to each room, this system allows you to control the heat produced in each room individually. While you must be careful not to block the vents with furniture or curtains, this system has many of the benefits of radiant heating without the expense of installing pipes in all the floors. Fortunately, for your designer, there are a variety of styles so you can choose on to fit your decor.
Geothermal heating is a special opportunity for those that have access to it. In some areas, heat from inside the Earth is close enough to the surface that it is possible to drill down to it. By installing pipes and filling them with water, it is possible to create a heating system that requires no additional fuel.
Installing a geothermal system requires a massive capital investment, in particular to cover the cost of drilling. Combining this cost with the expense of retrofitting a home means that this option is really only available to those building a new home. However, the cost of installation is offset by the fact that the heating and cooling costs of the home will be nearly nothing for the life of the home.
Which System is Right for Your Home?
This question comes down to your individual situation. You will need to balance cost, efficiency, and the needs of your home. A radiant flooring system might sound nice, but if you are only going to use it a few days a year, than a forced air system that uses the same ducts as your A/C might be a better choice.
If you are having a difficult time, discuss the problem with a trustworthy HVAC tech. There are some quirks to each system that you simply won't realize until you have worked with these systems many times over.
Knowing your options will greatly assist you in making the right choice. Building a house gives you the unique opportunity to make these sorts of decisions correctly before it costs a fortune to rip out and install a whole new HVAC system.