What is Hydronic Heating?16 August 2017
Hydronic heating uses hot water to heat your home and is one of the most efficient and versatile forms of heating. Used in Europe for decades, homes in Australia are increasingly choosing hydronic heating for its efficiency, comfort and silence. Also referred to as radiant heating, a hydronic heating system circulates heated water through sealed pipes to underfloor heating systems, trench convectors, panel radiators, or heated towel rails in the home.
Thermostats may also be used to direct certain temperatures to different heating zones within the home and may be programmed to switch on and off at certain times of the day. Hydronic heating is believed to be one of the most comfortable forms of heating because it heats objects in the room, rather than the air. This results in an even and consistent distribution of heat, with no cold spots or fluctuations in temperature.
How is the water heated?
The entire system is powered by a boiler, which heats water that is then piped through a closed loop system throughout the home. Different boilers will have different running and installation costs, depending on the fuel they require and their level of efficiency. The boiler you choose for your new system will depend on a number of factors, including whether your home has access to natural gas, its layout, and your budget.
How are the rooms heated?
Radiators, trench convectors, heated towel rails and underfloor heating systems act as heat emitters that transfer the heat from the pipes into the room. Because underfloor heating can only be installed on the ground floor, many homes install radiators to warm the rooms upstairs, with underfloor heating downstairs.
Why choose hydronic heating?
Because there are no fans, vents or ducts involved in hydronic heating, it delivers a consistent heat that can also be maintained at much lower temperatures. For this reason, it’s a very energy efficient system, which can help you make significant savings on your energy bills over the long term. And with zone control capabilities thanks to thermostats, you can choose to only heat the rooms you’re using, which can lead to even greater savings.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a hydronic heating system is, you might like to read more about how they work.
If you’d like to find out more about hydronic heating, contact our friendly team today or visit our showroom. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our products and how they can deliver a comfortable and efficient heating system.