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    General HVAC Question and More

    My wife and I are in the process of designing our home in Houston, and it willbe about 4300 sq ( the mcmansion we did not want ). this forum has been great with details, but looking at the big picture on roi for energy efficiency and comfort. in my climate, does it make sense to go from our builder base selections to the following upgrades.

    1. 14 seer ac to 16 seer or above ac
    2. 80% energy efficiency furnace to 90% or above
    3. the ducts are insulated at r-6, should insulate more
    4. does it make sense to go from aluminum to vinyl windows, or should i just look at the u-factor and solar heat coefficient.
    5. tankless water heater or higher efficiency traditional water heater or solar water heater.
    6. we are considering icynene insulation. thoughts? what are the hvac considerations in a totally sealed home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by depeche2u View Post
    My wife and I are in the process of designing our home in Houston, and it willbe about 4300 sq ( the mcmansion we did not want ). this forum has been great with details, but looking at the big picture on roi for energy efficiency and comfort. in my climate, does it make sense to go from our builder base selections to the following upgrades.

    1. 14 seer ac to 16 seer or above ac
    2. 80% energy efficiency furnace to 90% or above
    3. the ducts are insulated at r-6, should insulate more
    4. does it make sense to go from aluminum to vinyl windows, or should i just look at the u-factor and solar heat coefficient.
    5. tankless water heater or higher efficiency traditional water heater or solar water heater.
    6. we are considering icynene insulation. thoughts? what are the hvac considerations in a totally sealed home.

    All of the above.

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    we are considering icynene insulation.

    One thing I would suggest if using spray foam is to use an air exchanger. Spray foam seals that house up like a cooler. Need some fresh air in there.

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