In simplest terms, today’s hydronic heating is an energy efficient home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along base board heaters, or through radiators to heat your home. Also referred to as radiant heating, this type of system has become increasingly popular among families that want added comfort and control in their heating zones, savings through lower heating bills, and a decrease in their environmental impact by making smart green building choices. It is also possible for 1 unit to take care of your Hydronic Heating & Domestic Hot Water Needs.
What is Hydronic Heating & Why is it better?
How the liquid is heated:
The ways to heat the liquid will depend on factors such as climate, fuel availability, budget and house design:
A boiler (gas, electric, wood or oil) is a common way to heat piped water.
A wood fire stove or wood heater can be used to heat water in a hydronic system
Solar panels or evacuated tubes, usually roof mounted, can be used as part of a hydronic heating system
Geothermal pumps use heat from the soil and air-sourced heaters (Heatpumps) to extract heat from the air
A hydronic heating system needs a heat emitter, such as floor coils or a room heater, to warm each room. The liquid is pumped through the system while heated. Hydronic home heating can include individual thermostats that warm certain zones or rooms to specific temperatures.
Heat Emitters Include:
Under-floor systems, which use tubes - often in a concrete slab - to provide heat from the floor.
hydronic panel or tubular radiators, which can be installed on the wall or sit on the floor in each room to provide radiant and convective warmth.
Custom-designed radiators can be installed under windowsills, along glass panels, in ceilings and in walls for heating rooms with customised layouts or styles Low-surface temperature radiators provide safe heating by being cool to the touch on the front panel, with pipework and valves concealed.
Trench convectors, which are usually recessed in the floor.
Towel rail heaters, which can be in installed in bathrooms or laundries for drying towels.
These heaters provide radiant heat and heat through natural convection.
Hydronic Heating is Safe
Even though the heating is warm to touch, it is fully enclosed and the water is heated to well below boiling point, meaning that children and the elderly (and pets!) won’t burn themselves on the radiators. This type of radiant heat is the perfect way to heat your home in the cooler weather, keeping everyone warm and cosy.
You Won’t Hear a Sound
With a hydronic heating system, there are no motors or compressors to make a noise in your home, so everyone can sleep soundly (and warm) all night long; babies, children and shift workers can sleep in peace. There is also no movement of air throughout your home, which can be annoying to many people.
This Technology is Cost Effective
Hydronic heating is much more economical than using other forms of radiant heating or even reverse cycle air-conditioning. One of the big reasons for its efficiency is that water conducts heat better than air, so less energy is needed to heat the water and warm your home. You can also regulate and zone your heating allowing areas/rooms to be turned off when not in use.
Hydronic Heating Looks Good
With an extensive range of heating options and styles available, you can easily find a system that fits seamlessly into your home’s décor. Do you want a minimal design that blends into the background, a period design to match your home’s style or even a cutting-edge design to highlight your home’s modern features? Whatever style you require, you will find one that suits your needs in our extensive range of hydronic heating systems.
It’s Better for the Environment
Hydronic heating systems use less power to heat the water that flows through your radiators, so they are much more efficient at heating your home than other traditionally used systems. These power saving benefits mean that hydronic heating is friendly to the environment and helps to significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
Hydronic Heating is Healthy
Unlike traditional heating systems that heat the air, hydronic heating does not affect the movement of air throughout your home. This is perfect for people who suffer from allergies, because dust mites, animal fur and pollens are not blown along the air currents, creating an unhealthy and potentially unsafe environment. A hydronic heating system is the first choice for families with young children and anyone who suffers from allergies.
Hydronic systems are extremely versatile and can be customised to suit your family’s exact needs. The air is not too dry and not too humid and along with its efficiency and power saving features is an ideal heating system for families who feel the cold during the winter months.