08:49AM | 04/06/14
Member Since: 04/06/14
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We're building a single level, four room,attached garage home. We're trying to decide the simplest and cleanest way to heat and cool the entire space. We love the idea of radiant concrete heat but, are not sure about cooling in a humid western Pa. summer.
My brother has a wall mounted split system but, I'm not sure if those can be used as a primary source of heat.
We sure could use some advice on clean ductless system for our new home.

Thanks for looking.


05:21PM | 04/11/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Why would anyone sane want to bury piping under concrete knowing it cannot be repaired when it fails?

Why would someone place heating under ground other then possibly for a snow melting system

Placing piping to heat a slab is wonderful as long as you never on placing carpeting over it

Cast Iron baseboard offers amazing heat without the vast changes in temperature that other types of systems suffer from

Once someone uses a duct for heating and cooling they get the worst of both worlds

With non electric zone valves on cast iron radiators /base boards one can really fine tune a system for amazing comfort and savings.. Why cool a entire home when your not in all the rooms? I would strongly suggest a separate heating and cooling system as one really doesn't need scorched air heating. What is a good conductor of electricity is normally great for heating.. Air is an insulator so why try to heat it? Water great for heating and also electric shock


07:51PM | 04/14/14
Member Since: 04/06/14
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Thanks Sylvan.

We're just now researching the radiant baseboards and like it. We don't have access to gas so, is there an efficient electric fired boiler you can recommend?
As far as cooling goes, we're thinking of some type of A/C system in the attic. Cold air drops, yes? ;) Maybe something coming through the ceiling in each room?
Thanks, again, for the reply.


08:46PM | 04/23/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Baseboard is great as it is accessible in case of a problem. I happen to like cast iron as it holds the heat and you don't hear the pinging sounds copper fin is known for

I have no problem with heating a floor as long as the piping below it is accessible when t does start to leak

For electric boilers I like Patterson Kelly but all of the electric boilers I have installed were commercial and the water supply was tested to make sure it would cause mineral deposits internal .. Have you considered propane as electric can be quite costly? or possibly a mall oil fired boiler as it can heat up a lost faster then electric in most cases



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