Geothermal system without using radiant floor heating?
Okay decided to to go with a geothermal system to and radiant floor to heat our new 2800 sq. ft home in upstate ny. We were surprised at the cost of the radiant floor hearing which was near 30k i(ncludes both labor and material) we've been considering just using forced air because the ductwork already has to be installed for the cooling portion.
My question is 2 parts:
1-I've read that the low operating temp needed for the radiant floors makes it the best choice to use alongside a geo system. Will using a forced air system still allow the geo system to efficiently heat my home during the freezing winter months?
2-The labor portion of the radiant floor heating costs seem to be the biggest factor in the estimates. If I were able to install the radiant floor pex tubing (and aluminum reflector plates myself in all the floors then hire a contractor to make all the connections and handle the manifold setup, etc... Then it seems like the best way to make the radiant hearing choice affordable. Would installing the pex myself (I work constriction and have installed snow melt systems that operate under the same requirements that the radiant system requires) reduce the overall price significantly or not enough to make it worth it. Thanks for all your help.