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  1. #1
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    forced air or radiant heat?

    which do you like the best?

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    The only people that like forced air are those that have never lived in a properly done radiant heated home.

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    ^ I agree.

    Plus with the radiant you can put the tubing on the floor, the walls or the ceiling and it works, I still can't figure out whether the returns go up high or down low on a forced air system to make it work .

    You're going to pay for that additional comfort though, I found that using child labor made it more affordable when I installed mine.

    Ed J

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    Forced air is superior; two stage and modulating furnaces can heat as evenly as radiant systems at a lower cost. (Radiant also rules out the use of heatpumps and programmable t-stats)

    Why take the VAC out of HVAC?
    General public's attitude towards our energy predicament: "I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"

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    Geothermal heatpumps generate enough hot water for raidiant systems and are an option with most makes

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd View Post
    Forced air is superior; two stage and modulating furnaces can heat as evenly as radiant systems at a lower cost. (Radiant also rules out the use of heatpumps and programmable t-stats)

    Why take the VAC out of HVAC?

    ^^Agree....

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    Just because a home has radiant heat.
    Doen't mean it doesn't have a vent system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Just because a home has radiant heat.
    Doen't mean it doesn't have a vent system.
    I doubt that many people would be willing to pay for two distrubution systems. (One dedicated to cooling/ventilation)
    General public's attitude towards our energy predicament: "I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"

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    Lot of houses with radiant heat have central cooling systems.

    You don't really think that radiant heat only goes into homes that don't need cooling do you.

    Also, an ERV/HRV is common in homes with radiant heat.
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    There are mostly baseboard hotwater/seperate ac systems up here in the north. While i agree it would be cheaper for a HA/AC system, alot of people dont like HA. I have HA, and think its fine though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd View Post
    Forced air is superior; two stage and modulating furnaces can heat as evenly as radiant systems at a lower cost. (Radiant also rules out the use of heatpumps and programmable t-stats)

    Why take the VAC out of HVAC?
    i have installed a few radiant systems that use a hot water coil for second stage. imo the only way to get a close comparison would be to use high velosity. and with this as your second stage you can use a programable t stat. a friend of mine just read an article that said radiant is in-efficiant. i am not sure how but i am looking for it now.

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