Hydronic heating systems use hot water to heat homes. Water is heated in a gas boiler or a heat pump and piped through tubes into each room of the house. The tubes can run under floors for underfloor heating, through wall mounted radiator panels and towel rails. It is the most efficient heating system, using smart energy (solar and gas) and innovative technologies to deliver heat to your home.
Hydronic heating is also referred to as radiant heating (although radiant heating can use hydronic systems or electricity). Radiant heating system works on the principle of radiant energy which transfers heat from a source to an object, like heat from the sun. The main benefit of using a hydronic heater is that it delivers superior air quality and healthier homes.
How Does Hydronic Heating Work?
A boiler heats water which is piped around the house through copper tubes, similar to your hot water system, then through smaller coils in underfloor systems or wall-mounted panels, which can be of different sizes to match the room size where it heats these to a comfortable temperature. The warm air radiates evenly into the air around the room and wall-mounted thermostats maintain the desired temperature.
In terms of fuel for the boiler, there are many solutions, with the main one being gas, but electric (including solar, biofuel and wood can also be used in the same manner as you would consider fuel sources to heat your hot water. In most cases, the hydronic boiler will share the same fuel source as your hot water system. In Australia and New Zealand, we are seeing most systems installed using gas or solar electric solutions.
Wall-mounted panels or radiators come in many different shapes and sizes and can be custom engineered to fit discreetly and attractively into any room. Traditionally these have been made from steel, but attractive aluminium and cast iron designer panels are also available in colours of your choice to match the room decor.
Hydronic heating offers a very warm and dry type of heat. These systems have been very popular in colder parts of Europe for a long time and are well proven and safe methods for heating your home comfortably.
The Benefits of Hydronic Heaters
Hydronic heaters offer dry and evenly distributed heat, avoiding hot or cold spots, draughts and smells. It has proven to be the most comfortable and efficient source of home heating and recently in Australia and New Zealand sales have increased significantly because the benefits speak for themselves. They can be customised in terms of aesthetics and controlled centrally by thermostats and independently at the panel controls; giving you flexibility in the home to suit your families needs (warmer in the babies room, less or more in the study, or a teenagers bedroom).
There are several things to say here on the topic of hydronic heating efficiency, firstly water is a better conductor of heat than air. This means that water travelling from the source to endpoint remains very hot, unlike for instance the air from a ducted heating system that loses much of its heat as it’s ducted around the house. Secondly, heat from a hydronic system is gradually and evenly distributed around a room, whereas heat from ducts tends to gather unevenly in corners and by the ceiling or wood heaters where most of the heat escapes up the chimney. Additionally, when you use fan-forced or ducted systems, the air pressure increases which means that warm air is pushed out through any gaps or spaces around walls, windows and doors. Overall, less energy is consumed if the heat is evenly distributed and does not escape. Lower average temperatures will feel as warm because there are no hot and cold patches. Hydronic heating is very effective and efficient. But it is always recommended to do a regular service to help it function efficiently throughout its years of service and to keep a healthier home environment.
We consider this to be a very important topic and one that needs to be taken extremely seriously in the purchase decision. Hydronic heat is a hygienic and gentle form of in-home heating. Other systems such as ducted produce airborne contaminants, allergens and dust. The forced air pushes these all over the household and can be particularly harmful to your health. Also, it can dry out your skin and can cause irritations.
Hydronic Heating has many benefits and is used in homes, schools, universities, airports and some commercial buildings. It is a healthy and very effective way to heat, is low maintenance and reliable. We have many highly skilled technicians who can install, service and repair hydronic systems.
Quick Air team consists of licensed and experienced specialists who are always dedicated to ensuring that your heating unit is always operating at its best. Just give us a call to have a discussion about your issues and requirements. Our friendly staff will be able to give you a solution.
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