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    Efficient system

    Good evening all,

    I am finally starting my house remodel and am still stuck on the HVAC system. I would like some ideas for efficient systems in this time of oil madness. THe only systems i know are oil boilers so would love some other suggestions....

    I live in southern NY state. I pay Nyseg a total of ~19 cents a KWH for Juice. I do not have natural gas in my area - and am not sure about propane.

    I am remodeling my house and making it as efficient as possible (cellulose insuation, air sealing etc) I also would like to do radiant if possible in the downstairs

    I have looked and GEO and it will not work on my property at any reasonable cost

    I am open to anything from heat pumps, to oil boilers, to what ever else is out there that would save some recurring costs and make sense. I will be intalling a wood burning stove and probabally solar panels for hot water.

    Has anyone installed or had experiance with the Hallowell heat pump?


    I would love to hear what systems would work and what my options are.


    thanks in advance.

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    Any thoughts on my delima....

    thanks all

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    I would go with a Heat pump system of some kind. A heat pump with an electric furnace is probably your best bet. You could go with a hybrid system (heat pump and a gas furnace... Propane in your case).

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    What kind of heat emmiters do you have.
    Cast Iron rads. Or copper fin baseboard.

    Heres one thing you could have installed.
    A heat pump with enough strip heat for defrost. With a hydro coil on top of the air handler.
    That would give you a dual fuel system. And let you take advantage of the heat pump at all temps that it is more efficient then the boiler, plus let you use the boiler to give you the warmer air, when it 0°F outside.
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    I am looking to install radiant heat on ground floor, with hot air on 2 floor.

    Been there - I am not sure i follow what you are saying ( excuse the lack of experiance on heatpumps)

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    A heat pump will provide heat for less then you oil boiler does. As outdoor temp drops they provide less heat, and require a secondary source of heat. A hyrocoil hooked to your boiler can provide this additional heat.

    The electric heater would be for defrost only, so that you don't fire up a large boiler for just 4 or 5 minutes.

    Get some contractors out to give you estimates. And show them this thread, they will understand. And be able to explain it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogan123 View Post
    I am looking to install radiant heat on ground floor, with hot air on 2 floor.

    Been there - I am not sure i follow what you are saying ( excuse the lack of experiance on heatpumps)
    Install radiant heat on ground floor? Is that in basement? Is that going to be installed in cement, Quick Track, or Aluminum Extruder Plates? Would you be using Tekmar Controllers and thermostats? What size tube?

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