What Hydronic Heating is and Why You Should Consider it
With new heating technologies presented to us every year, Australian’s have a lot to think about when it comes to making well-informed choices. Whilst hydronic heating systems are on the rise in Australia, most of us haven’t even heard of the concept. If you are one of those people, keep reading…
How Hydronic Heating Works and Which System to Choose
Simply put, hydronic heating systems circulate heated water throughout your home via sealed pipes. The heat in these pipes is then dispersed throughout the room via radiators, convectors or underfloor heating systems.
The most important component in any hydronic heating system is the way in which the water is heated. Depending on climate, budget, house design and power types, there are several ways a hydronic heating system can heat water. The most popular ways include:
- Boiler – powered by gas, electricity or wood to heat water
- A wood fire stove or wood heater – burns wood to heat water
- Solar panels or evacuated tubes – utilises the sun to heat water
- Geothermal pumps – use heat from the soil and air to heat the water
Each of these systems has their own individual pros and cons, with thermostat, style and budgetary considerations to be made. The system that suits you best will be dependent on your own individual heating needs and access to power resources. Professionals within this field will be able to give advice on which system will best suit your home, allowing you to reap numerous benefits.
Hydronic Heating Benefits
Hydronic heating presents a wealth of benefits that could see you get a lot more out of your heating system. It has been a much-loved heating option in a number of European countries for decades and with good reason. Some of the main benefits include:
Traditional heating systems work by circulating air or pushing air around your home. This method can have a negative impact. It dries out the air and picks up allergens, contaminants and dust. For anyone sensitive to poor air quality, such as asthma sufferers, it could be a concern.
Because hydronic heating works by transferring heat to objects (just like in nature) and not the distribution of air, it promotes a healthier environment for you and your family.
It is no secret in this day and age, energy efficiency is a big priority when considering heating systems. Hydronic heating systems are one of the most efficient and effective systems to operate. A large part of this is due to the fact water is a better heat conductor than air, which means your home is warmed using less energy. They produce radiant heat, which means the air pressure is never increased.
Modern hydronic heating systems also allow you to control the temperature of each area of the home through a thermostat, meaning you don’t need to use energy in parts of the home you aren’t in. In fact, Hydronic Heating has been shown to produce comfortable living conditions for the family at a 20-40% lower cost than traditional heating systems.
Minimising energy consumption this way ensures lower power bills and a lower impact on the environment. Experts within this field will ensure you know your options. They will also be able to give advice on specific government programs that are in place to reduce the upfront costs of hydronic heating installations.
Hydronic heating systems come in so many variations, there is bound to be a system that suits your needs. Whether it’s under the floors, or in a few rooms, the hydronic piping can be placed and easily routed around new and existing homes. Running on a range of fuels from electricity to natural gas, this heating system is one of the most versatile on the market.
Working in silence, hydronic heating systems are one of the most comfortable systems for the home. Multi-zone functions and balanced humidity levels are also benefits that ensure your continued personal comfort.
What Are You Waiting For?
Hydronic heating is growing in popularity around Australia, providing a range of benefits for those who choose to install it. Metropolitan Air Conditioning has 25 years’ experience within the field and can advise on a system to suit you. We’re available 24/7, every day of the year and can be to your door within an hour* of your call.
What are you waiting for? When it comes to energy efficiency and getting the most out of a heating system, you know what to do. Contact us today!
Published: 21 Feb, 2020