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Question: 2,200 square foot home – how should I heat it?

Question by James W: 2,200 square foot home – how should I heat it?
Looking at buying a 2,200 sq. ft. home with no heating system. What type of system should I think about and any idea how much something like that would cost??

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Answer by tabulator32
Look into solar heating.

(Not PV (photovoltaic) but actual Solar heating with the wet panel boxes.)

Very inexpensive and efficient once you get them installed on the roof.

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9 Responses to Question: 2,200 square foot home – how should I heat it?

  1. Brian A

    Providing the location of said house would be useful. My air source heat pump is good in NC but not so good in Alaska. Also are you going to want A/C, too? How expensive is the electricity there? Is natural gas available?

  2. Bonno

    i BOUGHT A LITTLE CHEAPO GAS LOG SPACE HEATER AT HOME DEPOT OFF SEASON….$ 300.00 REGULAR PRICE, i PAID $ 75.00….IT HAS AN AUTO SHUT OFF & WILL HEAT THE WHOLE HOUSE ( 30,000 BTU )…JUST A THOUGHT. i HAVE CENTRAL AIR ( LP GAS ), BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS AMAZING THAT THIS LITTLE HEATER WOULD DO SUCH A GOOD JOB.

  3. kimmi_35

    Depends on where the house is located. In a nice sunny state I would really lean towards solar heating systems. There is always geothermal as well. Natural gas is an option if you life someplace that has gas service. Alot of natural gas companies are offering rebates if you install energy star appliances and incentives to insulate and use less gas. Electricity is always an option but seems to be costlier and not as “warm feeling” I live in the country in the middle of Indiana and use propane to heat my home. Not my number 1 choice but it is whats available at the time.

  4. Dave

    No one can predict what will be cheap in the future as far as heating. However, to add value to your home, you do need something.

    If you have no system now, that probably means you have no duct work in the house. If duct work can be installed relatively easily (through the attic or basement) then you should consider a central forced air heating system. Also consider central air conditioning. If you are going to install central heat, you may was well go with AC also.

    However, if you have a slab foundation and no attic, you may as well forget central forced air heating. In that case, consider a zone type electrical system or a system that uses a small heat pump for each room. Electrical heating is pretty easy to install and you can easily control the temperature of every single room independently. The problem is electrical heating is expensive in some areas. I would consider putting in electrical base board heaters in each room or a heat pump with the pipes punched through the walls. if you have to go this route with independent controls for each room.

    Having alternatives is also a good idea. I have gas heat via a forced air system. Works great until the power goes out. I have a very large house so have a number of back ups. I have a gas fireplace. I have a wood burning fireplace. I have a pellet stove with battery back up. I have a kerosene heater for real emergencies. I also zone my home, closing off rooms that we do not use very often, adjusting vents between winter and summer as heating needs are not the same as AC needs. Lastly, we wear a lot of long sleeved shirts and sweaters.

    If you are dead set on buying that home, you may want to live in it a year before you go do something expensive that you may regret. Call an heating/AC contractor to inspect the home and see what you need. Since the home does not have a heating system, you might want to check and see if it is insulated in the walls and ceiling. (How it got built without heating is kind of odd. Old house built before standards were in place?)

  5. RICH @www.hvac-for-beginners.com

    There are many options from ductless heat pumps to geothermal systems and everything in between. It could cost anywhere from $ 5000 to $ 30000 depending on what you choose. A lot depends on the climate and utility rates where you are. For complete info on all sorts of systems check out my source.

  6. STFU

    have sex and burn down the home. fire is known to produce heat u know.

  7. L L

    Another option might be available to you is Geothermo system, read about it. It can be both heating and cooling.

  8. rrosin623

    You should get a fernice and it should only cost you like $ 2000 at most.

  9. MeMe07

    I live in a 4,500sqft home and I never use the heater, just the fire place.

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