What Is Hydronic Heating And How Does It Work?
Hydronic heating uses hot water to heat your home and is one of the most efficient and versatile forms of heating. Also referred to as radiant heating, a hydronic heating system circulates heated water through sealed pipes to underfloor heating systems, panel radiators, or heated towel rails.
Panels come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles. So not only will they add warmth to the home they can be selected to become a feature to a room.
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 non-drying heat, with no cold spots or fluctuations in temperature.
There are numerous reasons for choosing hydronic heating systems over regular ducted heating or reverse cycle ducted systems.
- Cost Effective
High thermal comfort levels, whilst being one of the most cost effective and energy efficient forms of in-home heating. Despite the initial upfront cost of installation a hydronic system is estimated to save 35% less than the running cost of a gas heater.
- Cleaner and Healthier
Hydronic heating is both asthma and allergen-friendly, as they are a radiant heat source they don’t dry out the air, or create drafts and hot spots. It is also common to find that regular ducted and central heating systems are home to countless dust mites, bacteria and allergens, occupying the air that you and your loved ones breathe.
- Reliable and Efficient
Unlike other heating systems that uses fans or vents to blow warm air around the room, hydronic heating heats objects through radiation, which results in an even distribution of comfortable heat.
Without air being circulated or fans cycling on and off, hydronic systems are that quiet you wont even now they are on.
- Less Space
Unlike a traditional ducted system, Hydronic heating will not require you to give up any robe or liner space for ductwork.
Instead of vents or a split system on the wall, Hydronic heating offers a wide range of panels including designer ranges, or the option of having the system hidden under the floor.