Lost in choosing Forced Air vs. Hot Water Heating
I purchased a 1900 sq. ft. colonial (built 1893) and am about to add another 800 sq. ft. to it and gut it. I am very focused on making it efficient; higher grade insulation, good windows, south gain, etc... I am now totally lost as to the heating system to install.
On one hand my architect is advising to go with forced air. It allows us to enjoy AC in the hot months (our master suite is in the attic), and he promises me that there are systems which are quite and highly efficient. ALL my life I've been a renter and experienced the one speed forced air heaters (speed and sound of a jet engine). So I am very skeptical of this.
Can someone advise me as to how close of efficiency will I get with forced air heat? Are there any "industry leaders" systems/machines you'd recommend I research? I enjoy hot water as it radiates a long time after its done warming up, but I do know that having two systems (one for AC and one for water pipes) would be considerably more costly. I also realize that the "feel" of a breeze on the human skin automatically makes you feel a notch cooler.
Not sure how close forced air heaters come to hot water in terms of contonious performance, and efficiency. I am trying to be opened minded but I've never had good experience with forced air as a renter.
Cheers and Thanks! -Oh and apologies if this was discussed already. believe me I looked around...