EcoRenovator  

Go Back   EcoRenovator > Improvements > Renovations & New Construction
Advanced Search
 


Blog Register 60+ Home Energy Saving Tips Recent Posts Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-18-13, 08:14 AM   #31
Daox
Administrator
 
Daox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 5,475
Thanks: 1,112
Thanked 369 Times in 300 Posts
Default

I would generally agree, but Michigan does get pretty cold for a good part of the year. He would have to have a unit that does very well in very cold weather.

__________________
Current project -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
&
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Daox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-13, 07:50 PM   #32
jeff5may
Supreme EcoRenovator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: elizabethtown, ky, USA
Posts: 2,394
Thanks: 410
Thanked 604 Times in 506 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to jeff5may
Default

I agree. I say this year, throw together an outdoor wood fired boiler out of recycled whatever, and run it to a radiator of your choosing with some insulated pipe. Save money, chop wood, and seal and insulate like crazy to maximize heat retention. Buy an IR camera or thermometer and let the hunt begin.

Later, a long-term solution could use a zone or two worth of (inverter) mini-split units placed strategically or a retrofit could be made to the central air system using a high-efficiency split ASHP. Unless the central system is in perfect shape, I would begin to plan its removal or remediation. Since natural gas is already there, it can serve as a backup on those awful cold spells when the heat pumps are not as aggressive.

Right now is a good time to get a baseline measurement on the heat load. If the furnace is the only thing that runs off gas, it's easy: just check the gas bill. If not, some accounting will need to be done as to the run time of other gas appliances.

As to the payback or ROI factor, remember that the tide is turning on eco-friendly building. People are now willing to pay more for a house that demands less heating and cooling, and that uses more durable/natural construction materials. Sometimes, considerably more (like double). So whether or not you'll live in the house forever or not, you should still aim high when doing home improvement projects.

jeff5may is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Ad Management by RedTyger
Inactive Reminders By Icora Web Design