My home has radiant "ceiling" heat. I need another efficient and cost effective method. Any suggestions?

Asked by Laurie
Sonoma, CA

My condo was built in the 80's and apparently radiant ceiling heat was all the rage. (I don't know what they were thinking!) Unfortunately, it's very expensive and doesn't even begin to heat my 1500 square foot home. Space heaters work in the smaller rooms, but not in the living room/dining room, which has a 14' ceiling. I can't run a gas line in and can only rely on electricity. I'm on the second floor and have concrete floors. There's a small terrace and minimal attic space. Any ideas?


Lucas Johnson

Answered by Lucas Johnson

Seattle, WA

Cascadia Consulting Group

December 4, 2012

The perfect solution for your home would be a ducted or ductless heat pump. These systems use electricity to provide space heating as well as air conditioning. They are also typically hyper-efficient, quiet, and durable.

Please note a few things to make sure you have high quality results:

(1) All space conditioning systems work way better, and last way longer, if they are conditioning a well-insulated and air sealed home.

(2) There will be an outdoor component to the system so you need to make sure it will meet relevant codes and regulations (these systems are very common and basically look like an air conditioner)

(3) It would be ideal to have the system installed by a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Contractor to make sure high quality standards are met and that you don’t miss other critical comfort, health, and efficiency opportunities.

I hope this helps and good luck with your project!



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