Heat pump question

hedgehoggyFebruary 3, 2012

We are going with in floor electric radiant heat but were wondering if we can add a 'system/heat pump' to help reduce our electricity a bit and to become air conditioning in the summer. Are our only options those big white long boxes mounted on the wall (what is that type even called?)?

Thanks!

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brickeyee

"Are our only options those big white long boxes mounted on the wall (what is that type even called?)? "

Mini split.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 3:25PM
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david_cary

That is not your only option. A heat pump uses ductwork and nothing on the wall. There is an air handler somewhere and a condensor outside.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 7:29PM
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ionized_gw

Heat pump mini splits have a variety of options for indoor units including high wall-mounted as you have seen, Radiant floor heat is certainly nice, but it will cost a whole lot less to install forced air for cooling and heating or use heat-pump mini-splits for both. Electric heat is very expensive to run. Can you install a boiler of some sort instead? You could heat water for radiant heat with a air to water heat pump or a ground-source heat pump.

The mini-splits have the advantage (over ducts) of not having duct losses and not pressurizing some areas and depressurizing others at the same time.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 10:50PM
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fsq4cw

Liquid-to-water geothermal heat pump can provide radiant in-floor heating and hydronic cooling with the addition of fan coil units for about 1/4 the operating cost of electric in-floor radiant.

It will be expensive to install. How long do you plan on living in your home?

SR

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 11:19AM
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