Just bought a house with in-ceiling heat...should I replace with mini splits or get ducting?

Samcanadian

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So we bought a house that was built in 1977 and there's no ducting, baseboard heat or anything else. What they have are thermostats in each room, that are connected to in-ceiling electric coils that deliver radiant heat.

I'm not sure how well these work as I've never heard of them before now (Apparently they were popular in the 70's for a bit) and so I'm looking to upgrade my heating.

The area the house is in does not have LNG available, so my options are likely either an Electric Furnace or else mini-splits throughout the house. I'm leaning furnace, as new ducting and a furnace should probably cost no more than about $12,000 (2300 square foot bungalow with a basement that has 8' ceiligns and open joists for easy access).

Any reason I should be looking at the mini splits, or should I just go ahead with my plans for an electric furnace?
 

N8

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As others have said, heat pump of some fashion. It will be the most efficient in your situation and also offer cooling in the summer.

And WTF coils on the ceiling? Heat rises, that has to be the most inefficient solution ever. :rofl:
 
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Samcanadian

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So what's the deal with the Heat Pump. I've heard about it before, but don't know much about it. How much does that cost to install? Do I still need ducting?
 
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Samcanadian

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Consider switching to a hydronic radiant floor heating system

It will also give you the opportunity to redo plumbing with a pex manifold system
I'm not sure I want to commit that much to the house at this point. We've got a ton of renos to do to it, and we are nowhere near getting close enough to a final layout to start adding that in
 

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So what's the deal with the Heat Pump. I've heard about it before, but don't know much about it. How much does that cost to install? Do I still need ducting?
No ducting. It's basically a reversible AC unit. You would have to install the AC lines (usually in the attic) and would have vents/heads in the rooms.

We have both electric baseboard and a heatpump. One head in the upstairs living room for the main living area and baseboards for the bedrooms.

But when we upgrade it will be heatpump heads in all rooms with baseboard for emergency backup.


As an example of a multi head unit.
 
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Samcanadian

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Jul 30, 2005
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No ducting. It's basically a reversible AC unit. You would have to install the AC lines (usually in the attic) and would have vents/heads in the rooms.

We have both electric baseboard and a heatpump. One head in the upstairs living room for the main living area and baseboards for the bedrooms.

But when we upgrade it will be heatpump heads in all rooms with baseboard for emergency backup.


As an example of a multi head unit.
Any idea of what a heatpump costs? I like the idea of it, just not sure how much $$$
 
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Samcanadian

Samcanadian

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Dude, this is one time I will say that the benefits far outweigh the costs...

That is a REALLY inefficient fire waiting to happen.
Yeah man I don't plan on using this heat, that's why I'm wondering about ducting or mini splits. Heck, this old dude use to supplement with a homemade woodburning stove in the basement.
 

whatever

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No ducting. It's basically a reversible AC unit. You would have to install the AC lines (usually in the attic) and would have vents/heads in the rooms.

We have both electric baseboard and a heatpump. One head in the upstairs living room for the main living area and baseboards for the bedrooms.

But when we upgrade it will be heatpump heads in all rooms with baseboard for emergency backup.


As an example of a multi head unit.

ducted mini split heat pumps are a thing.
 
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whatever

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Yeah man I don't plan on using this heat, that's why I'm wondering about ducting or mini splits. Heck, this old dude use to supplement with a homemade woodburning stove in the basement.

what do you intend to use for heat?
 

whatever

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Well not to come off like too much of a bitch, but in the original post of this thread I clearly said that I was planning on adding either an electric furnace or potentially looking into mini splits for the house.

im lost.


my suggestion: hyper heat heat pump. good to -5F for 100% COP

something like:
 
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93rx7

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Well not to come off like too much of a bitch, but in the original post of this thread I clearly said that I was planning on adding either an electric furnace or potentially looking into mini splits for the house.

isn't it already winter in canada?

i wouldnt rip out the firestarter shit if you go heat pump tho, assuming it gets really cold there.
 

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