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Hydronic Heating – What it is and why you want it!

March 5, 2014

Hydronic heating is a safe, comfortable, economical and flexible way to heat any home. Hydronic systems circulate hot water through warming baseboards, radiators and/or radiant tubing in your floors or ceilings. There are many advantages to heating your home using a hydronic system, whether it is for a new home or as a replacement heating system.

  • Heat is evenly distributed in a room: no drafts or hot and cold spots as with forced air.
  • Minimal movement of allergens and dust particles.
  • Space Saver: no bulky ductwork resulting in reduced square footage in your home.
  • Heating zones allow you to customize the heating level per room.
  • One system can heat your home and your domestic water:
    • Use your boiler with an indirect water heater or
    • Use a “combi” boiler that can output both space heating and domestic water heating from the same unit.
  • Have warm feet through in-floor radiant heating.
  • Your boiler can be used for snow melting or as a pool heating system as well!

Hydronic heat is usually in
1 of 3 basic configurations:

1. Simple wall hung boiler.
2. Traditional boiler and indirect tank.
3. Expanded system.

Hydronic heatingThe gas boiler heats your home by burning natural gas or propane.
The gas enters a burner and is then ignited and efficiently transfers the heat through water tubes in the heat exchanger. The heated water on the other side of the heat exchanger is then delivered to base boards, radiators or in-floor heating tubes throughout your home. Water passes through these heater emitters and returns to the boiler in one of multiple circuits (zones). Hot water from the boiler can also be directed to an indirect water heater to supply your home with hot water, to a snow melting system, or even be used to heat a pool.




Hydronic heating

Radiant Floor and Baseboard Heating

  • Hydronic systems heat by convection and radiation without the use of system blowers
  • Hydronic heating systems radiate heat through a sealed system keeping your home much cleaner and you and your family healthier!
  • Hydronic heating systems also tend to be quiet. There is no noise from air moving in ducts, loud blowers or large motors as is found with many furnace based systems.
Forced Air

  • In a forced hot air type system, the hot air quickly rises to the ceiling and collects there. This effect often results in a hot head and cold feet! It can get worse with high ceilings, poor air circulation and heating systems that supply air at too high a temperature.
  • Forced hot air systems spread pollen, dust and dander throughout the home, by blowing hot air into the rooms.
  • Forced hot air systems use noisy fans to circulate air throughout the house. These blowers can be heard turning on and off as they cycle and distribute the heated air.

You can run a hydronic heating system from standard wall thermotsats or configure into a wireless control system that communicates to your smart phone or anywhere in between. Whether you want to set it and forget it from a wall mounted thermostat or control your home’s temperature level when you travel, a hydronic heating system can work with all these technologies.

Today’s boilers also have advanced programming and accessories included, that optimize their operation and minimize your heating bill! One such technology is outdoor reset. It adjusts the boiler temperature that heats your home based on the temperature outside. This technology makes sure the system delivers exactly the right amount of heat to match the heat being lost out of the walls and roof. So you and your family feel an even heat that levels off as room temperature swings.

For more further information, or if you have questions, Please Contact Us!

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