Radiant Floor Cooling?
We are in climate zone 6a in a fairly dry climate. Outside humidity varies between 20% and 35% I would say on those dry days. Our home is going to of a good enough design with R-30 walls and R-60 roof with ACH50 around 1.5 and I’m unsure if I will go with triple or double glazed windows.
I’ve read a lot of the pro’s and cons about using radiant floor heating in a well designed home and I understand that we probably should go with forced air. There are a number of reasons why I am still looking at radiant floor heating most of which are not technical justifications but more because we really really want it. A friend has a house with a similar spec and he loves his radiant floors and says they are not overkill.
Having made a decision on radiant floor heating does it make sense to go with radiant floor cooling? Is this even a thing in a residential home? I understand that we will have to be careful about set points to ensure we don’t have condensation build up on the floors. We are planning polished concrete floors on the basement and on the first floor (understand extra structural support required for first floor). There will be no wood or installed carpet, we will likely have a few rugs here and there. IT seems like radiant floor heating combined with a cooling solution might make the decision to go radiant a little more justified.
Are there any articles or companies I should read or look into?
Here is something I found that made me think of doing it:
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part