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    Geothermal/hydronic baseboards/forced cool air

    Hope this is the right forum to post my question. We are planning to build a new home in Iowa. We grew up in homes heated with hydronic water baseboards, and we like it a lot. It's not as common to have hydronic baseboard heating systems around here. We talked with two builders and they said they need to do more research.
    So, here we are, trying to come up with a good system configuration for our new home.
    The house is going to be 1300 sq ft total on two levels with full basement (unfinished)
    Ideally, we would like this kind of system: geothermal heat + heat pump + underfloor heating for bathrooms/kitchens + a tiny boiler for hot water for showers and baseboards.
    AC wise we thought about mini-split system. However, it may be hard to get the cooling in the baths. So maybe we will have to go to the forced cool air for aesthetics and convenience.
    I am not sure what the best approach would be. Of course, budget is of concern. We are aware that this may be more expensive than traditional hvac systems. We don't know how much more. Maybe there are some rough estimates you know of.
    And I think it will also help if we know what brands for gas-based boilers we should be looking for.
    We have natural gas in the area as well.
    Thanks.

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    WAterfurnace makes the Synergy 3D system that does pretty much all that you have asked in one packaged unit...hydronic radiant floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, and domestic hot water assist.

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    Mar 2007
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    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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    Where in Iowa are you? We are located in Cedar Rapids.

    Bergy

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    Quote Originally Posted by eswin65 View Post
    WAterfurnace makes the Synergy 3D system that does pretty much all that you have asked in one packaged unit...hydronic radiant floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, and domestic hot water assist.
    Yup, I am going to echo this comment. We have used the Synergy 3d so you can use hot water for the baseboards or radiant floor heating, use the Ducts for electric backup heating and the ducts for cooling and then a desuperheater for hot water assist or an NSW018 for dedicated ground source water heating.

    Call up Bergy and they can take care of your needs.
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