If you are looking for a more efficient way to heat your house, then you may have come across hydronic heating and wondered what it is. In a nutshell, hydronic heating is achieved through moving hot water through your house with piping.
How Exactly Does it Work?
Hydronic is designed to be simple in the way it works. There are many different sources that can be used to heat the water from electricity to natural gas. From there it is carried through pipes to baseboard heaters or radiators. The water continues to circulate and starts the cycle again back at the source.
Hydronic Heating Versus Traditional Heating
In addition to the way it delivers heat, hydronic heating has other ways it differs from traditional heating. The biggest difference is probably the way the heat feels. Hydronic heating is conducted by way of thermal circulation, which means that it cuts down on air temperature layers. So what exactly does this mean? Everyone knows heat rises, so by reducing air temperature layers it also reduces heat loss in ceilings. Thermal circulation means that air temperatures can be comfortably managed at a lower setting, which means less money spent on your heating bill each month.
Another benefit of hydronic heating over traditional heating is that it offers more comfort. It is not as drying on the skin and nasal area, which is a major issue in cold weather. Hydronic heating doesn't lose as much heat around doors and windows, making it less drafty than traditional heating, which keeps you from constantly adjusting the thermostat.
It is a better option for those with allergies or asthma. Forced heat blows the heat into the room which also blows around dust, allergens, and other debris. If you don't stay on top of changing the filters in traditional heating, then you get even more problems with dirty air.
Cons of Hydronic Heating
Hydronic heating is incredibly efficient, but there are a few disadvantages. Probably the biggest disadvantage is that it is significantly more expensive to install in an existing home and a bit more expensive on a new build. Also, hydronic heating takes longer to heat up and cool down. The heating up issue can be hard on people who are used to traditional heating and expect the adjustment on a thermostat to be felt almost immediately.
As you can see, there are a lot of advantages of hydronic heating. The best thing to do is look at your particular situation and see if it will work for you. You may find that you never want to go back to traditional heating again.
For more information about different types of heating systems, contact a company like Pell City Heating & Cooling Inc.