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bobp01

06:16PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
2 lifetime posts
Every home we've owned has had hot air heat and we're frankly tired of the dust and "dry nose issues". We're moving from Connecticut to Virginia where we're building a new home and would like to consider radiant. The builder prefers to use hot air with a humidifier. I don't think he has experience with radiant and wants to do what's cheapest and easiest. Can anyone give us the "pros and cons" of each heating method?

Thanks !!!

Bob

bcelect

09:40PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
As far as the dust issue goes, I believe if you get a really good filter like a 4 inch system , either pleated media or an electrostatic, along with a high efficiency 1 inch filter to replace the cheap thing they install , then you should have very little dust issues. The newer high efficency forced hot air systems are really nice , especially when they have variable speed fans. As far as the humidifier goes , they do need to be maintained properly.

Radient is nice also, the heat stays longer after the pump shuts off and gives more warmth. It does more add more cost with all the piping, especially if you are adding central air , then you have two systems to pay for. It is probably easier to split the radiant into several zones to save on heating the whole house at once, so there is a cost saver. I have 4 zones in my house now and plan to split it into 5 this summer. It should cost me about $100. to do it myself.


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