Best Type of Back-Up Heat
New construction. We are doing mini splits. We are being required to install additional heat sources in each and every bedroom and bathroom for “backup”.
Double stud walls. Raised heel trusses. Aiming for tighter than average envelope with blower testing, correction, and retesting.
The HVAC contractors are planning cadets for each room. Our contractor has offered electric resistance heat in the bathroom floor which we really want to only use on demand. Will they take too long to be usable? Would radiant panels provide more immediate infrared? How long do cadet type heaters take to warm?
The bathrooms will be used for 20-25 minutes each morning and night. I don’t want to run these things for hours. The bedrooms heaters may not ever be used. We set our night time temps very low and prefer blankets over whole house heating for sleeping hours, much more pleasant.
In floor electric resistance?
Are these reasonable?
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