Is hydronic heating right for your home?
*Hydronic heating systems are also known as radiant heating systems.
Hydronic heating refers to the use of liquids, water, or gylcol as a heat-transfer medium in a heating system.
Hydronic heating is an energy efficient home system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along base board heaters or radiators. This type of radiantly-heated space has become increasingly popular among families who want added comfort and control in their homes’ temperature settings. Most hydronic heating systems in homes run a on a loop.
A hydronic heating system often relies on the supply of hot water from your home. Most commonly in Calgary, systems rely on a combination hot water tanks, tankless water heaters(on-demand water heaters) and or central home boilers. Traditionally, a gas powered boiler will be used to serve the hydronic heating systems. There are a number of boilers to choose from for hydronic heating purposes. The plumbing professionals here at RPG Calgary can walk you through your options, with you best interests at heart, and help you select the optimal boiler and hot water setup for your hydronic heating solution.
In Calgary, common applications of hydronic heating include but are not limited to in-floor radiant heating, heated driveways, snow-melt sytems, and typical central heating involving radiators(baseboard heaters and standing heaters). Even ceiling mounted radiant heating panels are available.
The most common use of hydronic heating is for in-floor radiant heating systems. In floor heating uses pipes beneath floor boards and surfaces to radiate heat from the floor up.
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Radiant in floor heating and hydronic systems are controlled just like traditional systems. A thermostat will be integrated for all your temperature and zone controls.
Radiator applications are another common hydronic heating application. New designs and floor run models means your radiator doesn’t have to be the eyesore it used to be.
Benefits of hydronic heating systems
We all know how annoying it is to be woken up by the sound of your furnace and blower firing up in the middle of the night.
A hydronic heating system gently circulates heated liquid throughout your home. Plus, piping serving heated liquid is beneath floors, or in walls and fixtures, creating an intrinsic sound barrier. This means hydronic is queit, nearly silent in the way it radiates heat through out your home. As such there is no forced air distibution with a hydronic heating system, all heat transfer is done through permiation of heat through surfaces from liquids in the system.
That’s why hydronic heating systems won’t dry your skin out, unlike furnace systems.
A home furnace forced air system only exacerbates the issue of Calgary’s dyr air. Furnaces, through their heating action suck moisture out of the air.
Often this means you need an add on furnace humidifier, meaning more maintenance and service. A hydronic system totally eliminates any extra circulation of air borne allergens, dust and pollen. It’s a sealed liquid system, there is no forced air.
Air infiltration with dirt from cooking and outside sources is common with central furnace heating systems. To help eliminate dust you’ll need to stay on top of your furnace tune-ups and preventative maintenance, it ensures your central furnace systems runs clean and optimally. Expect rooms heated by hydronic systems to not gather dust like a room in a typical furnace heated home. That’s because there’s no forced air bringing dust and dirt particles into your living space! Just warm, cozy, dependable radiant heat.
Hydronic heating systems are very durable also.
Most hydronic heating systems have a longer service life than ordinary warm air furnace systems. Traditional boilers, some cast iron types, can last up to 25 years in some cases! New boiler types such as combi boilers and high efficiency condenser type boilers can have a little less of a life expectancy, around 15 years. In most cases, the general recurring maintenance and repairs that boiler systems require is less than that of central heating furnace systems.
Allot of this has to do with the fact the lines from hydronic heating systems are totally sealed. Unlike a furnace and duct system, which require furnace replacements, cycling on and off, and regular cleaning, hydronic systems have less regular maintenance. Hydronic piping for heat transfer is usually ran beneath surfaces, this offers them protection from damage through their lifecycle.
The majority of maintenance of hydronic systems involves flushes and resets to thermostats. As long as your boiler is in good working condition, you shouldn’t have many issues with hydronic heating systems, even with the bare minimum of maintenance.
RPG’s radiant and hydronic heating services
As a professional gas fitting and plumbing company, we can handle all manner of gas line or water connections to service your hydronic heating system. We also offer balancing of zone heating for boiler run home heating systems.
At RPG Calgary we provide a variety of hydronic heating services:
- All manners of hydronic heating system installation and repairs
- Home radiator repair services
- Radiant heating ceiling panel installations
- Kitec plumbing replacements
- Assessment of hydronic heating system health, lifespan and function
- Adjustments to improperly operating thermostats or humidstats
- New builds or renovations, hydronics supply, design, and installation.
- Heated driveway and snow melt system applications
- Home boiler installations and repairs
- Extending hydronic heating coverage
- Heated garage pads.
- In floor radiant heating installations
Contact us for home boiler or hydronic heating system installs or repairs and get a free quote and consultation.
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What does a hydronic heating system cost in Calgary AB?
First off, when assessing cost of hydronic heating system installations understand that hydronic heating has multiple purposes. You can have a hydronic heating system to serve several of your home comfort needs including floor heating, towel heaters, snow-melts systems etc.
The level of complexity and utility of these systems is widely adaptable to your needs and wants as a home owner. In lames terms though, the most common application of hydronic heating is radiant in-floor heating. An in-floor heating solution, just from a mechanical/plumbing perspective can run between a couple to ten thousand dollars. This really depends on the square footage. Consider the fact that because in-floor heating is installed beneath your flooring, costs should be allocated to reinstall to replace flooring.
Temperature can easily be adjusted specifically to multiple zones also. In certain cases a hydronic heating system can be more 50 percent efficient than other methods of central heating.
Water conducts heat better than air.
Calgary hydronic heating systems are sealed, so you have less energy loss. A typical central furnace heating system increase air pressure in the home. This leads to leaks through walls, windows, and insulation.
A hydronic system will typically trap heat in materials(concrete, tiles, flooring), which radiates into your home, rather than having hot air blown around. This eliminates cold rooms and spots, better serving to heat your home uniformly. Overall, a hydronic system operating costs are around 20 percent less than traditional ducted systems. The larger your home, the more you save.
If you can see hydronic heating as a quality solution for your home’s heating needs we urge you to reach out to us, the team at RPG Calgary, for a free consultation and quote. We’re experts in installation services, renovating homes, and conducting repairs for hydronic heating central heating systems.
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