|11-20-11, 09:40 AM||#11|
Less usage=Cheaper bills
Join Date: Nov 2010
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I think its mostly up to what the consumer wants and what builders are willing to provide, right now both are pointing at forced air, mostly for the cost/benefit reasons. I'm personally not seeing the benefit of going water but for those who go that route I'm sure it's not too hard to find a builder who specializes in it. Most houses used to use baseboard or large radiator heaters and many people see that as a thing of the past, might be quite a barrier to their reintroduction, along with the fear of water damage if one of these gets punctured.
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|11-20-11, 05:26 PM||#12|
Join Date: Mar 2009
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Hydronic floors are very large area radiators, and when they are made correctly they are silent.
Forced air does not work well with lower feed temperatures, unless the air handler and ducting system and blower are all designed specifically for low temperature heating. This would mean a much larger than typical surface area in the air handler, duct work that is capable of quietly handling continuous air circulation, and a blower that is very high efficiency (ECM) and is able to adjust it's speed over a wide range, because it will need to run just about constantly.
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