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Thread: Confort-Aire Geothermal Heatpump
02-08-2013, 04:58 PM #1New Guest
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Confort-Aire Geothermal Heatpump
We have decided to go with Geothermal heat pump for our new construction. The HVAC subcontractor quoted us a 3-tone Comfort-Aire unit, model HTV036. This is will be a closed loop, horizontal in ground installation for a ranch house with about 2000 sq ft in Nebraska.
Is this a good unit? Is it Energy Star compliance? Would this house be fine with a 3-tone unit? Thank you so much.
02-09-2013, 10:11 PM #2Professional Member*
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The only way to know if it will heat your house is having a manual J load calculation to verify heating and cooling sizing. I have never heard of comfort aire so it sounds like an off brand to me but maybe somebody else can chime in. I like WaterFurnace personally but Climatemaster, hydron module and geocomfort are a few brands you might want to look at.
One of the most important parts of the system is the loop installation or the unit will not perform as specified so either get a good driller or good loop installer to ensure there is enough loop properly installed in the ground.
02-21-2013, 10:32 AM #3
IF very, very well inulationed, that might be adequate. But most of Nebraska has prettly low winter desing temps. However, 3 tons is liekly plenty for the cooling load, so any larger would be too large for cooling. An actually load calculation is best. In a cold climate like yours, unless your supplementing wit ha wood stove or other ehating source on the coldest days, you'll be on the heat strisp a fair amount. But it will stall save a lot over PRopane, or a air source heat pump.