27 Dec '11, 10pm

What type of heating system makes the most sense for a small, very well insulated home? #green

I am building a 1300 sq foot home in Durango, Colorado, in zone 5b. According to what I can find on line, we have a bit more than 7000 heating degree days here . The house I am building will have real (house is exterior foam wrapped for thermal break) R-30 walls and a little over R-50 ceilings. It will be tightly constructed and blower door tested. It will also have an simple bath fan exhaust system for air exchange (from three bath fans on the different levels). The house has three levels: a 450 sg ft daylight basement with 2 bedrooms, bath and office, a 550 sq ft level over that with living and kitchen space and a 300 sq ft third level over the attached garage that will be all master bedroom. Due to the three levels, I am struggling somewhat with a heating source decision, however. I plan to have a small woodstove on the kitchen and living space level, but what is the mo...

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