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So why choose hydronic central heating over other heating systems?

August 1, 2014

One of the biggest advantages of hydronic central heating, aside from the comfort of controlled, constant comfortable heat, is the saving on long term heating costs.

The cost of installing a Hydronic central heating system can be daunting when compared with ducted or fan forced heating options. The efficiency, performance and reduction in ongoing running costs easily make hydronic heating the best long term, cost effective, heating solution for your home. It’s easy to see why so many people have chosen Hydronic heating over other heating options. Not only does it keep you warm and save you money, it also adds value to your home.

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

Hydronic central heating is the most efficient method of heating your home

Hydronic central heating can be fired using a range of different heat sources. Typically if you have natural gas down your street you would choose natural gas as the fuel. People with their own wood supply generally choose wood because the fuel is obviously free. Wood is also the cheapest fuel to use in Tasmania for a hydronic heating system regardless of the fact of whether you have your own wood supply. Pellets are now becoming a popular choice because they come with similar running costs to natural gas. If you want to stick to electric, we have air and geothermal heatpump options. Talk to a us to find the best solution for your home.

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.

Tried and tested

Hydronic heating systems have been used all over Europe and Canada for over 100 years. In the UK hydronic Heating is used in 93% of homes.

 

 

 

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Remodeling

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  • Bathrooms
  • Basement

Heating

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  • Radiant heating
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