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So why choose hydronic central heating over other heating systems?

September 5, 2014

Hydronic Radiant Central Heating Systems

Hydronic central heating warms a room through radiant heat, as opposed to warm air. Hydronic radiant heat warms the objects in your room (including people) and transfers heat through your home. The objects in your home stay warm for longer and help to keep warmth in your home. The alternative heating systems that push fan forced air through your home only warm the air, not the objects in the room, which results in a more immediate loss of heat and increased running costs.

Fan forced heating system vs hydronic heating system (radiant heat)

Hydronic heating illustration


Problems with fan forced heating systems.

Fan forced heating systems tend to lose more heat and energy than hydronic heating systems. This is because fan forced heating systems increases the air pressure of a room and affects the air path from a room back to the furnace. This can result in forcing precious hot air out of even the tiniest unsealed crack.

Benefits of thermal radiation

Hydronic heating transfers the majority of the heat through thermal radiation, reducing air temperature stratification (the natural tendency of warm air to rise) and saving on heat loss through ceilings. Air stratification is magnified in homes with higher ceilings, making hydronic heating a much better choice over fan forced and ducted systems.

Radiant heating options can often be run at a lower temperature that fan forced heating systems to achieve the same level of comfort, thereby giving you even more cost and energy savings when you install a hydronic central heating system.



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