Hydronic Radiant Heating Advantages
September 10, 2014
Hydronic heating has several advantages versus forced-air system that will benefit you in several important ways.
No other type of heat is as comfortable as hydronic heating.
- There are no hot spots, cold spots or drafts, as are common with forced air systems that require blowers to move warmed air around the house.
- No blowers means hydronic heat is silent heat, too.
- You can easily set up a number of heating zones in your home and regulate the temperature of each independently based on whether the room is occupies, how you use it and time of day.
Efficient. Hydronic heat is efficient.
- First of all, water conducts heat far more efficiently than air. Hydronic heat is primarily radiant heat, which means it warms the objects and people in the home directly, not by first heating the air. (It’s the same kind of comfortable heat you experience in front of a fireplace.)
- As a result of this direct heating effect, your home loses less heat through windows and doors and the roof.
- Unlike forced-air systems, hydronic systems don’t lose heat as it is distributed through the house as do forced-air systems that rely on ductwork and vents.
- Perhaps best of all, in terms of efficiency, is that one system supplies heat for the home and produces plentiful domestic hot water.
- Energy efficient hydronic systems are green, too. They use less fuel and use it more efficiently than forced air systems. New technologies and many hydronic heating components, are highly energy-efficient. Energy Star-qualified boilers, for example, have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 85% or better. Likewise, Energy Star rated geothermal heat pumps use about 30% less energy than a standard heat pump.
Economical. Great efficiency means economical operation.
- Because you lose less heat through doors, windows and distribution, you use more of it effectively, which cuts down on fuel bills. So does getting your domestic hot water from the same source.
- Hydronic systems are simpler than forced-air systems. They have fewer moving parts, fewer components to break or wear out and less maintenance, too.
Health. Hydronic heating makes for a cleaner, healthier home.
- Because a hydronic system doesn’t move air to move the heat, there are fewer drafts and less distribution of airborne particles of dust, allergens and germs, so overall indoor air quality is better, and so are allergies and asthma symptoms.
Flexibility. Hydronic systems offer unsurpassed flexibility.
- You can control the heat in individual rooms more readily than with forced-air systems. Use a conventional boiler, or get your BTU’s from the earth’s geothermal energy or from solar energy panels on your roof.
- You can use your hydronic system for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. They’re just as adaptable outdoors as in the house. Keep sidewalks and driveway clear of snow and ice in winter with an underground radiant system and use the same system to heat your swimming pool or whirlpool bath in summer.