It can be inspiring to think about building a house for yourself and your family. You can imagine the design being everything that you’ve dreamed of. You can see the colors, the shapes, and the sizes of all the rooms.
But one of the details that is too easy to overlook is the heating and cooling. Without the right plan and right application of commercial and industrial techniques, your comfort level can suffer in your new house once it’s completed.
Among the heating and cooling options you’d be smart to build into your design nowadays include hydronic underfloor heating, ductless heat pumps, and the ideal sizes of windows and right types of shades, unless you choose central air and heating.
Study all of these as options early in the design stage and that will help you arrive at the home you truly can enjoy.
Hydronic Underfloor Heating
There are pros and cons to traditional ways of heating and cooling a home. An alternative approach that appeals to many homeowners these days because it’s effective is to install hydronic underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating is highly efficient and cost-effective. It’s difficult to put in once a house has been built, so that’s why you want to think hard about it as an option during your initial construction design phase.
Ductless Heat Pumps
If you want appliances that do both your heating and cooling, consider buying ductless heat pumps and putting them in all the appropriate places around your structure. Ductless heat pumps act as both air conditioners and heating elements because of how they operate with the physical environment.
They are also extremely energy efficient and make it possible for different rooms around your house to have different temperature levels, depending on how you set them individually.
Windows and Shades
Where the sun comes up and goes down is going to be fairly consistent and predictable over the course of the year. Since you know that, you can construct your windows, your awnings, and your shades for maximum assistance with your heating and cooling across the seasons.
This is a comparatively low-cost and practical solution for rooms that are either too bright or too dim, or that tend to get too warm or cold at different parts of the year. Planning in advance with the angles of light in mind is a great way to coordinate your home temperature control.
Central Air and Heating
Probably the most common way that people design new houses to have central air and heating elements. A system of ducts will go from the furnace to every part of the house, and then central air can tap into that ductwork as well.
You can open and shut various individual vents and set your thermostat for select temperatures at certain times of the day to increase the efficiency of this system.