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Heat pump question

Posted by hedgehoggy (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 3, 12 at 13:20

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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RE: Heat pump question

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

Mini split.


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RE: Heat pump question

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.


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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.


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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


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