How Hydronic Heating Works

Hydronic heating (also known as radiant or radiant floor heating) is a great choice for homes in Windsor, Greeley and other Northern Colorado cities. Traditional furnace heating can dry our already low-humidity air to uncomfortable levels. But radiant floor heating can help keep indoor humidity at a comfortable level while effectively heating the home.

Radiant hydronic heating uses boilers to distribute hot water through small pipes under the floor of the home. The hot water and, therefore, the heat, are pumped to system of pipes under the floor. The flooring absorbs the heat from the hot water, then radiates it upward throughout the room. Water carries more heat by volume than air, so hydronic heating is more fuel efficient than a hot air furnace.

 

Limitless Configurations, Custom Designs

One of the valuable features of these systems is that they can be custom designed for every homeowner. For example, a tank-type water heater can be connected to flexible plastic tubing beneath the bathroom floor. And that means no more cold tile floors on winter mornings!

Other systems are designed with two or more boilers operating in stages, and provide heat for a number of rooms. These systems  can even be configured to provide hot water for the building. Some homeowners use hydronic heating to warm their outdoor swimming pools, or to melt snow on the driveway before it builds up.

In fact, because radiant heat systems allow for zone heating (temperature control by room), each room can be set for maximum comfort. It's true that forced-air systems can also be zoned, but radiant heating systems are simpler. They are also easier to control.

And the best news for homeowners is that hydronic heating is more economical to use. A single system can provide heating and hot water, and still handle extra loads like swimming pools. All the redundant elements of other systems - exhaust systems, electric hookups, multiple heat sources and more - are eliminated.

Silent and Very Clean

Ever noticed dust wafting through beams of sunlight when your forced air system starts to blow? That means that other airborne pollutants are circulating through your home as well. Air ducts need cleaning every few years to keep your air clean. For people with allergies, hydronic heating is an excellent solution for cleaner, better-to-breathe air. No air ducts, no blowing allergens.

Of Course, They Need Maintenance

Like any heating system, a hydronic heating system does need maintenance.  As the system ages, pipes may need to be replaced. And problems do sometimes  cause boiler failures. If the temperature drops in the house, or  you see a drop in your hot water supply, you'll want a maintenance inspection as soon as possible.

High Country Plumbing installs and maintains hydronic heating systems, and has many years of experience with them. Contact us any time for more information about installing a new or retrofitted system, or to have us perform an inspection of your current system. You can email, or call us at 970 381-7379.