posted on Jun, 23 2018 @ 03:49 PM
a reply to: Mandroid7
Okay---here are my questions: Was this installation done at the time of construction?
I'm very interested in radiant heat but wondering about how that is done on the upper story of the house. The first floor wouldn't be a problem since
I have a basement.
My current system is a 4 ton unit if that matters. I don't need a lot of cooling, actually a dehumidifier in the summer is more important than
cooling since I designed the house to have good circulation and have trees shading the place for a goodly portion of the day. I also have ceiling
fans in every room. The heating portion of the system supplements the fireplace in winter. Unless I have guests staying on the second floor, very
little supplementation is needed until the weather gets down to the freezing mark. The house is very well insulated.
As I understand the information I've studied on the net I have three choices of design. One included digging a well for an "open loop" system. I
already have a well so I'm wondering if I can use the existing well.
Then there is the closed loop system which can be installed either horizontally or vertically. Since I'm not short on land, the horizontal trenching
would seem to be more cost effective than digging down a hundred feet or more.
If I do a horizontal trench, would the maintenance of that area be about the same as with a septic field? Keep the trees out of it and keep it mowed?
Then there is also an option of digging a pond and placing the coils there. Since I'm trying to reduce the amount of maintenance required, I'm not
big on this option because a pond requires quite a bit of that.
I'll be meeting with the guy who will be doing the installation next week and just need to weed down the questions I'll need to ask him since I don't
want to waste his time.
The thought of reducing my energy costs is most appealing. Not having to fill that propane tank nearly as often sounds like music to my ears. Not
having electric bills of over $100/month in summer really sounds good too.
Thank you for your time in answering my questions. I'm a recent widow and have never had to deal with these systems because my husband took care of
that sort of thing. We had discussed this change-over, knowing that our 25 year-old HVAC was nearing the end of its usefulness but being hit with
several things at once (I'm also going to be getting a new roof shortly) has seemed overwhelming at times. I do appreciate any help you can give me
on making this decision.