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Radiant Heat in the Northwest
We are looking to a build a single family home in the Seattle/Puget Sound area in Washington State. We really want to use radiant heating, but have a few questions and want to get an honest opinion.
1. Will the floors actually be warm when you walk on them? I've heard that in a modern home with good insulation, a hydronic floor system doesn't run hot enough especially as winter temperatures are only in the 20's-30's. Will it still be more comfortable than forced air even if the floors don't get super warm?
2. The contractor just wants to install ductless minisplits. Would installing the minisplits as well as electric radiant heat in just bathrooms/kitchen be a good alternative option to full hydronic?
We are interested in radiant because of the higher level of comfort, no blowing air, and also in the winter I often get "chillblains" on my feet which means I have to keep them warm.