One of the things you need to decide when you are building your new house is how you are going to heat it. There are many options out there that you can take advantage of. One option that may not immediately spring to mind is to use a forced hot water boiler system.
Forced Hot Water System
A forced hot water system uses a boiler to heat up the water. The water is then pumped through pipes in your house. When the pipes reach each room, they go through a radiator system. The most common style is the baseboard radiator. The radiator is formed of a series of closely placed metallic fins that surround the pipe. The fins warm up and cause the heat to radiate out into the room. The radiators aren't usually on every wall, but are generally on two walls of the room, unless the room is very large.
Benefits of a Forced Hot Water System
One of the benefits of using one of these systems is that they put out a relatively efficient heat. The heat spreads out through the room evenly since the radiators cover a large area of the room. The heat also rises up through the room as well, heating up the entire space. A room that is heated by a forced air furnace can end up with hot and cold places in the room. The hottest air will be nearest the vent and doesn't always disperse all the way through the room, leaving some areas warm and comfortable and some areas chilly.
Another benefit of the forced hot water system is that you don't need to have a separate water heater. The boiler will heat your water year round, so you will always have nearly unlimited hot water, summer or winter.
Disadvantages of Forced Hot Water Systems
One of the disadvantages of a forced hot water system is that you will have to carefully arrange your furniture around it. The baseboard radiators do have to have some air space around them or they won't be able to efficiently disperse the heated air throughout your house.
Trying to make sure you get the right heating system in your house is important. If you live in a cold climate that has long and cold winters, then you might want to consider using a forced hot water system for heating your house. They are a more practical for a cold climate than for a warmer climate.