THE BENEFITS OF HYDRONICS
At I Heart Heating we are passionate about hydronics.
What is hydronics? Hydronics is the use of a liquid heat-transfer medium in heating and cooling systems. The working fluid is typically water or a mixture of glycol and water. Some of the oldest and most common examples are hot-water radiators. Today, more and more people are choosing to heat their homes or businesses with a hydronic in-floor heating system. It is also possible to combine in-floor heating and radiators within different areas of the same system.
Hydronics vs. Forced Air
When contracting a new build or replacing an older system, home or business owners are faced with a choice between a water-based system or a forced-air system. Water-based systems are usually run by a gas-fuelled or electric boiler which pumps heated liquid to tubes installed in a concrete slab under the floor or to cast iron or steel radiators. Forced-air systems are usually run by a gas-fuelled furnace which heats air which is then pumped by a fan into a room. Many contractors push their clients to use forced-air because they are unfamiliar with the benefits of hydronic or radiant systems some of which are the following:
Hydronic systems heat surfaces and materials and the heat radiates off of the surfaces to heat your home or business. In a forced-air system, air is circulated around the room and so are allergens, dust particles and germs. When working or living in a building heated by a hydronic system, one is less likely to suffer from allergies or illness.
Hydronic systems are more energy efficient and therefore are a more green solution to heating your home or business.
Although hydronic systems can be more expensive to install than forced-air systems, in the long run they are much less expensive to run. Therefore your initial investment pays for itself over time.
Hydronic systems provide a more even heat where temperatures remain more constant. Forced-air systems blow hot air when the temperature lowers and therefore your room will have more fluctuation in temperature. With a furnace, just the air is being heated so objects and floors are cold to the touch. Forced-air systems create a much drier environment than hydronic systems.
Hydronic systems greatly reduce bulk heads which are necessary when installing a forced-air system. With hydronics, there is no duct work. Lines are run through the walls from the boiler to the radiators or tubes under the floor. A forced-air system creates noise with air blowing through duct work. Hydronic systems are virtually silent.