Comfort vs environment
- One more thing to take into account when building. What degree of
discomfort are you willing to put up with? As Mike mentioned, only the
electronic fluorescence lights are instant on. I use the couple of
seconds that some of my light need to remind myself that I saved some
money and I am being good to the environment.
On the other hand, I can't stand the central AC/heat units that most
people in Texas have. Hot air rises, and having it come in at the
ceiling means cold feet and ankles in the winter. This led us to look
at alternatives and so we decided to go to a hydronic system for heating
and cooling. The cooling part is easy for us, since we only cool to
about 78 anyway. We both work outside all day and anything cooler is
too cold. A common attitude in the country, but not in the city.
The point I am trying to make, is for you to think about what is your
personal definition of comfort. Is it a towel heater in the bathroom?
Lots of stuff like that, then look at what systems there are that will
give you what you need. The alternatives to be researched, even with
the help of professionals, could take a few years otherwise.