User Reviews of Chiltrix Air-to-Water Heat Pump
First question on GBA even though I’ve been a dedicated reader for over a year.
Anyway, My wife and I are in process of building our house and I’m starting to research more into the Chiltrix unit (again) and would love to hear a real owners story. Everything sounds great online (by way of google) but can’t find any real reviews or someone crazy enough to pull the trigger on the unit. I currently have calls into both spacepak and Chiltrix/hotspot energy, and I’m getting serious about this option, more-so on the chiltrix…
I’m building a tight, well insulated 2500sqft ecopanels SIPS house in Northeast CT CZ5A and have tubing already installed in the 1st floor and basement/garage slab with loops for low temp panel rads upstairs. I was planning to go with a high end condensing gas boiler setup (propane), and I have roughed in ductwork up to the conditioned CC SPF attic for a central return downfeed system. I am designing and building this house all myself and the original plan was a small standalone conventional A/C system in the attic completely disconnected from the Heating system, i.e. no hydro air. My wife and I despise forced hot air heat – we’ve lived in two houses with it and one without, hence the hydronics. I explored the chiltrix and Spacepak systems early on and kind of determined that I couldn’t afford the risk of being a pioneer, however – its basically time to pull the trigger on equipment, the mechanical engineer in me demands I explore these options again, and the more I look the attractive they sound. The monobloc config (and price) of the Chiltrix unit have me intrigued since I could probably do most of the work myself. The company also seems to be DIY friendly by their website anyway, I’m still waiting to see what their customer service is like as that may be a determining factor. Another side benefit for me would be being able to use this for the Airhandler in the attic for cooling loads, gaining me a variable speed/higher efficiency A/C system then the simple on/off 2 ton unit I was going to install, and I can justify the price for heating by ‘eliminating’ (more-s0 replacing) some A/C equipment I was going to purchase seperately. Btw, my cooling loads are sub 2ton and should fit the Chilltrix specs nicely. I’m realizing that this unit won’t do all my heating loads but I’m thinking I could do a (less expensive) propane boiler, I was planning on Viesmann, and run my higher temp circuits/DHW via indirect on the boiler and just let the chiltrix do the radiant floors separately. I could also get much fancier and integrate the systems, advantages and disadvantages to both routes. Either way, this would allow for some redundancy and could also put a fan coil head in the garage and basement for cooling which would be awesome. My googling skills and GBA have told me that these units are basically a bunch of really high end parts cobbled together in an awesome little unit that could fit my needs really well. The problem being is whether this is going to be something I will have problems with for the next decade?? Do they work as advertised? I would really love to hear from an actual installer/end user of one of these systems. I think that would be enough to make me pull the trigger. There are alot of older similar threads to mine on GBA and I’m wondering if someone since then has pulled the trigger on one.
Most mechanical companies I see and deal with either think an option like this is stupid, don’t know enough about them, or want a premium to explore it at my expense.
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