How Do Hydronic Heating Systems Work?

The concept of hydronic heating with radiators and a boiler. Underfloor heating

Learn More About Hydronic Heating

There are many types of heating systems and perhaps the most used outside of the US would be hydronic heating. Essentially, these heating systems use radiant heating which will typically heat underneath floors or other areas for cozy room temperatures. Essentially these systems are easy on the pocket after the installation as they won’t require as much maintenance and energy to operate. They are easy to control with thermostats and have a number of benefits that make them a superior choice to regular central duct HVAC systems. If you’d like to learn more about hydronic heating contact your local HVAC company for more information. Here is some useful general information regarding hydronic heating that may provide clarification.

What is a hydronic heating system?

Hydronic heating is a simple heating system that essentially heats water and has it move throughout the property through a system of small sealed pipes that connect to radiators or boilers. 

Is hydronic heating gas or electric?

Hydronic heating will use a heat source to heat the water and uses a thermostat to control temperatures. The heat source can be solid fuel, gas, electric or LPG.

Is hydronic heating energy efficient?

Hydronic heating is definitely more energy efficient as they are more often designed to work with the structure by working with tubes where water flows under the floor. Water, in general, is a better heat transfer medium than air.

Should a hydronic heating system be flushed?

Yes, as a matter of fact, hydronic heating won’t really require any other maintenance besides flushing periodically (if initial installations were done correctly that is.) It should be flushed to remove solder and flux that could mix with water. 

How do you maintain a hydronic heating system?

Hydronic heating won’t require too much maintenance if the initial installation was done correctly. First, make sure that it’s done by a pro as wrongdoings can lead to a list of ongoing issues. Only a certified plumber should be maintaining the system to ensure proper compliance. Check the boiler or furnace for deposits or rust. A power flushing once a month or at the very least yearly should be done to avoid that issue and to prevent corrosion and maintain a proper pH balance.

How much pressure is in a hydronic heating system?

Hydronic heating with a boiler shouldn’t run over 12-15psi and only have enough pressure to raise the water a few feet above the highest area of the pipe system. For example, a 12psi will lift water 28’ above the fill valve while a 15 psi will lift water to 34’.

How long does hydronic heating last?

Hydronic heating should be able to last 15-20 years. The life span will depend largely on the quality of the products used during installation or with routine maintenance and proper initial installation methods.

Underfloor heating with collector and radiator in the room. Concept of technology heating. The order of layers in the floor.

What are the benefits of hydronic heating?

  • Energy Efficiency: Tip, it can be set to a lower temp for better energy efficiency.
  • Versatile: You can zone it only to the rooms being used.
  • Reduced Energy Costs: Can cost as few as a few dollars monthly.
  • Radiant Heat: Ability to warm items in the room which in turn heat the room.
  • Healthy: Doesn’t use fans that contribute to circulating dust, pollen, allergens.
  • Low Maintenance: Few moving parts that could go bad, only needs routine power flushing.
  • Safe: People can touch it without risking burns as water temps. are mild.
  • Quiet: No fans, no hum.
  • Earth Friendly: Advanced technology with quality European designs.
  • Reliable: Set the thermostat upon installation and seldom have maintenance.
  • Flexible: Suitable for all kinds of properties including refitting and new builds.
    • It can be extended or altered at any time.
    • It can be tailored to fit an individual’s needs.
  • Variety of Heating Sources: Solar or heat pumps are the most efficient options with off-peak electricity and gas being more economical heat sources.

How much does it cost to install hydronic heating system?

Hydronic heating will cost around $2,539-$3,060 per unit. Labor and supplies are necessary for the unit’s installation so you may see costs of labor. Normally this will take 12 hours so a range for labor costs could be from $695-$875.

Is hydronic heating cheap to run?

Hydronic heating will cost a lot at the beginning with installations yet they make up significant savings in the long term due to very low maintenance and high energy efficiency. Hydronic heating is estimated to be about 35% more cost-effective than a central ducted heating system.

Get in Touch With a Professional HVAC Professional

When you’re interested in a hydronic heating system reach out to a professional HVAC company for assistance. Only a professional will be able to get you the help that you need that will match your particular property specifications. Hydronic heating is a great way to implement an energy-efficient and streamlined method of heating your property. Implement this enjoyable heating system today for a more relaxed interior lifestyle.

If you’re interested in hydronic heating in Somerset, MA call (508) 272-1196 with Wicked Plumbing!