New construction, 2400 sf with 1000 sf basement. I had sent requests for proposal for baseboard heat, 2 ac units,LP boiler, indirect water heater.
One contractor proposed:
2 Trane 14 seer units
2 Trane Variable speed AHUs (for 15 seer)
2 Hot water aqua fan coils
1 Peerless Pinnacle 140 boiler
1 Bradford white powerstor
Taco heat controls and zone circulators (he gave me an option of a German circulator that begins with R)
Clean effects filter
April Aire 700 humidifier
Lux PSP600 stats (are the Trane stats worth the upcharge?? they look great)
I told him that I wanted baseboard radiant for these reasons:
1. Temperature variance in previous forced hot air systems.
2. Drafts from air systems
3. Excessive dryness from air systems
4. Recirculating "dead air" with forced air
His general response is that with the variable speed AHUs he will set the system up so the house won't vary more than .5 to 1 degree once at setpoint and I won't notice any air noise or draft. The humidifier will take care of humidity. As far as dead air he tells me that he can put an outside air intake w/damper on the return. (out of the budget currently)
He has me intrigued because of his genuine belief that this is the best system. I have to say he has been extremely patient, educating me, and answering all questions, and offering a lot of options, but not a lot of BS.
However he is the second highest $ versus the guys that bid the baseboard.
I sure would appreciate any advice or opinions on this system. Please feel free to pick apart his proposed system and components. I really thought I was set to go with the HVAC, but he has thrown me off the rails.
Thanks in advance.