How It Works
How Hydronic Heating Systems Work
Hydronic heating systems work by using the efficient transfer of heat through water. Hydronic heating is the most efficient and pleasant way to heat your home. It operates by re-circulating hot water that is heated by a natural gas, LPG, or solid fuel fired boiler. No other heating system can deliver the gentle, hygienic warmth of hydronics. Hydronic heating provides warmth in the same way nature does by natural convection and radiation. It does not dry out the air by burning or cause unpleasant draughts, hot spots or noise. Many business and homeowners are turning their attention to hydronic heating.
Hydronic heating has a design that will keep the space warm in a way that ensures energy efficiency. The air in a home with forced-air is heated from the top of the space down to the floor. This allows the air in most of the living area to remain cold. In order to make the space comfortable, the heater needs to work much harder to get the lower layers of the room to a warmer temperature, which will raise the cost of your heating bill.
Once you have the hydronic heating in place, you will be heating your area from the floors upward. This is an energy-efficient process because heat rises. Your furnace will not be on as often when you have a way to keep the living areas of the space at a suitable temperature. This change will save you money on your heating and will allow you to be warm throughout the entire winter.
The energy efficient boiler is where the water process begins. The boiler warms the water and sends it through tubes beneath the floor. The surface of the floors are warmed as the warm water flows beneath it. The warmth from the floors radiates upward and helps your heater keep the space warm. You can put your house shoes away and stop worrying about how cold the floors will be because they will be comfortable to the touch. When you use hydronic heating you can finally realise that you have what it takes to run an energy efficient home that will keep you and those who stay with you comfortable.
Since water conducts heat more easily than air, less energy is used to spread heat throughout the house. A heat source transfers the heat through pipes that are connected to wall panels or placed underneath your floor. These pipes transfer heat to the walls or floor of a room, which then radiates heat waves throughout your house. The surface then becomes a radiator, extending the heat in every direction and creating clean, even and comfortable warmth.
Health concerns for those who are highly allergic or suffer from asthma problems should be considered when picking your heat source. Australia has one of the highest incidences in the world per head of population for asthma, with statistics showing that over 1 in 8 Australians suffer from this chronic condition. Even a home kept meticulously clean can fall prey to asthma triggers.
While the cause of asthma remains unknown, we do know that certain factors can trigger inflammation in airways that bring on asthma symptoms. Among the most common triggers are airborne dust particles. A healthy indoor environment with low allergen levels can help prevent inflammation and swelling from developing in the first place.
Hydronic gas central heating is vastly superior to forced-air heating, such as gas ducted systems—there are no ducts to act as dust traps, no scorched air to blow dust mites around, just clean, non-allergenic radiated warmth. That’s why the leading authorities on asthma recommend hydronic central heating for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Conventional forced-air heating produces dust, air contaminants, bacteria and low humidity, which are all precursors to poor health, particularly in asthma and allergy sufferers. Hydronic heating is a much cleaner, healthier way to keep the people you care about warm and cosy.
Hydronic Heating Cost Benefits
Hydronic heating can be easily zoned, which provides you with the ability to independently control the heat requirements of each individual room to suit your family’s needs and thus reduce your fuel bills.
A new hydronic heating system costs significantly less to run than a ducted gas system, saving around 40% for homes with 2.7m ceilings, and 40-50% for homes with higher ceilings. When it comes to the benefits of hydronic heating, cost is an area these systems are great at reducing.
Whilst hydronic heating systems use water to provide heat, the water is constantly recycled and circulated through the system. There are no further demands on water usage apart from a small amount of water to top up the system at yearly service intervals. Running your hydronic heating costs very little, and won’t significantly impact your water bills.
Power Plumb Hydronic Heating—Cost-Effective Solutions
One of the biggest advantages of hydronic central heating, aside from the comfort of controlled, constant heat, is the saving on long-term heating costs. The cost of installing a hydronic central heating system can be daunting when compared with ducted or fan forced heating options.
The efficiency, performance and reduction in ongoing running costs easily makes hydronic heating cost-effective, and the best long-term heating solution for your home. It’s easy to see why so many people have chosen hydronic heating over other heating options. Not only does it keep you warm and save you money, it also adds value to your home. When it comes to the comfort, health and future of your family, economical hydronic heating is the only solution you need.