Radiant Heating and Cooling in a Hot-Humid Climate
My wife and I are currently in the planning process of building our new home. We’ve decided to move forward with an ICF house, especially with the price of lumber currently. As such, we have also been looking into radiation heating/cooling instead of the conventional forced air systems. Some people I’ve spoken with keep saying that radiant heating is not not a good idea to do in Texas due to the thermal mass of the concrete, stating we’d basically bake ourselves out of our own house. Maybe I’m thinking of this wrong, but with the way the ICF house is built, wouldn’t it keep the temperature of the house relatively stable regardless of how much heat the concrete is keeping? It just wouldn’t have to “work” as hard, or am I looking at this incorrectly?
Secondly, would radiant cooling be a viable option to do as well? Condensation is obviously the biggest issue, but wouldn’t the ICF hold this more constant versus the traditionally stick build?
Thanks in advance for any assistance on this.
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