How does hydronic heating work?

25 July 2020
How does hydronic heating work?

Already widely used in European homes, hydronic heating systems are becoming a more popular choice in Australian homes due to the numerous benefits they provide. 

Hydronic heating can be used in a variety of ways within your home, from your central heating system to heated towel rails. 

But, how does it work? 

In comparison to conventional heating systems, which use hot air to produce heat, hydronic heating uses hot water. 

Water is heated by a boiler or an air-to-water heat pump and then circulated through piping to heat the home. Hydronic heating employs a closed-loop system, so once the water has travelled through the circuit it returns to the heat pump or boiler to be heated again. This is what makes it so energy efficient. 

When it comes to installation, there are numerous options for the home.

 

Installation of hydronic heating

One of the most efficient ways to install a hydronic system is through underfloor heating

Underfloor heating transforms into a slow release radiant heat bank that provides uniform temperature throughout the home. 

There are a few different methods to installing an underfloor heating system including,

  • suspended floor,

  • minitec system,

  • in slab,

  • in screed,

  • and Siccus FX.

Each has its own benefits and many of these methods are able to be installed for new and existing flooring. 

Hydronic heating systems can also be installed in an underfloor trench design. This is a discreet and effective option that is ideal for homes with floor to ceiling windows, large sliding doors or limited wall space. 

If underfloor heating is not for you, there are other options. Heating units mounted to the wall or ceiling or units recessed into the wall or ceiling, hidden from sight, are great alternatives.

 

Hydronic heating systems are better for your home

If you’re still wondering why you should choose hydronic heating, there are numerous benefits to be gained through installing one of these systems in your home. 

Radiant heating through a hydronic system is much more energy efficient than forced-air heating and with water being a better conductor of heat than air, it is easier to keep the temperature in your home consistent. 

Hydronic heating systems give you greater flexibility by easily isolating spaces in the home to heat and by providing complete control over the temperature. This can help significantly reduce running costs. 

Conventional heating systems often use fan force to push out hot air to heat a room. This can lead to dust also being moved around, which is not ideal for those who suffer from allergies. Because hydronic heaters use hot water rather than hot air, they are not stirring up dust or allergens through constant air movement. This helps to provide a healthier home environment. 

Hydronic heating systems are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional forced-air heating, and as Australians continue to be more conscious of their impact on the environment, this factor makes these systems especially appealing. 

Hydronic heating systems also provide versatility, with several different options for installation that can be tailored to your needs and the design of your home. This type of heating is practically silent and will not dry out the air in your home during the winter.

 

An effective heating solution

Hydronic is available in heating and cooling systems, so for more information on how these systems can work in your home, contact the team at Hunt Heating. 

Whether you’re looking at home features such as heated towel rails or central heating options for the whole home, there’s no doubt hydronic heating systems are a more cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating solution for your home. Make the switch now!