After weeks of deliberating over which HVAC system we wanted for our new home, we finally settled for the heat pump system, with electric radiant heating for the supplemental.
- The radiant heating we had chosen was a newer model.
It was mounted at the top of the wall and they were set up to blow the heating onto the floor. The heat would then go up along the walls, radiating its heat throughout the rooms. I would not need to worry about cleaning and having them in the way of my sweeping and mopping, or vacuuming my carpets. Our new heat pump used the ambient heating of outside and pulled it inside, so it would be able to heat the water that would flow through water pipes and heat the house. We had the water pipes put beneath our flooring so we had radiant heating without having radiators or air ducts. I always hated needing to place my furniture in certain places just so I didn’t block an air duct. I didn’t like needing to keep my curtains short because I couldn’t have the heat blowing into the curtains instead of the room. With my radiant heating, the heat was already on the floor and I wouldn’t need to worry about cold feet anymore. I especially loved that we had the heat in the bathroom. We did opt to not have radiant heating in the kitchen or in our bedroom. We felt that the kitchen would warm up gently with the heat from the living room, and we liked our bedroom on the cooler side.