Hydronic Heating Systems: Important Facts And Information

Hydronic heating

Introduction

Hydronic heating systems are simply systems which utilise water to move/transport heat. The water therefore acts as a conveyor belt since it is not the heat source or destination. Heat is usually absorbed into the water at the heat source. The heat is then conveyed through piping and released into heated space via a heat emitter.

Modern hydronics technology ensures that heat is delivered exactly where it is required at a given time. It is important to note that hydronic systems feature numerous system configurations which are capable of meeting extremely specific requirements. Some systems may be very simple i.e. like water heaters connected to loops of flexible plastic tubing. Others may be complex featuring numerous water boilers and heat emitters.

In a nutshell, perfectly designed and properly installed systems offer unmatched comfort as well as energy efficiency. Below are some of the main benefits of hydronic heating systems.

1. They offer unmatched comfort: This is one of the main benefits of hydronic heating systems. Unlike other heating systems, the main aim of hydronic heating system designers and installers is to offer comfort. Although this aim is sometimes compromised by factors like cost, hydronic heating systems are generally more comfortable than any other types of heating systems.

2. They offer huge energy savings: A building’s heat loss rate directly affects how that heat loss is replaced. It is however important to note that the type of heating system installed matters most when it comes to reducing energy costs. Since hydronic heating systems are known to consume the least heating energy, they generally offer better energy savings compared to other heating systems like forced air heating systems.

3. They have clean operation: Most heating systems i.e. forced-air heating systems are known to move dust among other airborne pollutants like smoke and pollen throughout a building while heating. Hydronic systems on the other hand promote air circulation as opposed to moving dust around and clogging air ducts. This reduces airborne particle dispersal which in turn results in cleaner air. Hydronic systems are therefore perfect for health care facilities or for people with allergies.

4. They operate quietly: Properly designed & installed hydronic systems are capable of operating at undetectable sound levels in homes or building spaces which are constantly occupied by people. The systems utilise constant circulation as well as variable water temperature to minimize expansion noises common when hot water is directly injected into a room via heat emitters.