Building A New Home? Know Your Options For Heat
Looking for ways to add heat to the new home that you're building? If so, you have plenty of options to pick from. Here are some heating installation solutions that can work for your new home construction.
Forced Air Heat
One method that is very popular with homeowners is forced air heating. It uses ductwork that can be shared with central air conditioning to push warm air into all of the rooms of your house. The furnace can be run by gas or electricity, so you have some flexibility when selecting a furnace. You can also incorporate a whole-home humidifier to help combat the dry weather that comes during the winter.
If you want a heating solution that feels comfortable, you can't go wrong with radiant heat. This heating solution works by installing a heating element underneath the floor, which allows the heat to radiate upward. You end up heating the bottom half of the room rather than the top half of a room near the ceiling. There is also not any airflow of heat, so you don't have hot and cold spots of a room where the heat has problems reaching you.
Radiant heat can be used by a system of hot water pipes and a boiler, which circulates hot water throughout your entire home. You can also use electric heating elements, though it will be more expensive to run. Electric radiant heat may be best for a room where you only want radiant heat for a limited amount of time, such as a bathroom floor for when you are getting ready in the morning and step out of the shower.
A heat pump works by taking heat from outside your home and transferring it to the inside of your home. You will need several wall mounted units throughout your home for this heating method to work, and you can save energy by only turning it on in rooms that you are utilizing. A heat pump can also work in reverse by cooling down your home in the summer by removing the heat and bringing it to the outside of your home.
One thing to keep in mind is that a heat pump will not work well in very cold climates, so be sure to work with your heating contractor if it is possible to use a heat pump. They may offer an alternative heating method that will work just as well.