Is Hydronic Heating Efficient?

What is a Hydronic Heating System?

Sometimes you will enter a home it is climate controlled, but not by vents or anything visible to you. Some homeowners in Somerset, MA as well as across the nation use what is called hydronic heating. Hydronic heating systems water, oil, or steam to heat the home it is installed in. Notable hydronic systems some homeowners or future homeowners are familiar with are the floor heating systems that are often applied to bathrooms and rooms in the house. Also including gas boilers and radiators, hydronic heating systems are considered efficient compared to other systems. 

The definite lack of electricity use is often what attracts homeowners into getting the systems installed among other reasons as well. While a homeowner may expect to see normal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system work harder as the seasons progress, hydronic systems are different in that regard. Whereas common damages occur due to the HVAC system overworking to cool or heat the home, hydronic systems operate in a way that does not have that particular problem. To that extent, if your water line and electricity work, then the overall hydronic system will operate smoothly. When owning a home in Somerset, MA, why not call Wicked Plumbing for hydronic system repair or installation. Call (508) 272-1196 today to schedule your appointment for the service.

What are the Benefits of Hydronic Heating?

Hydronic systems have multiple impressive benefits to them that are not found in normal HVAC systems like heat pumps or other traditional options. While the system takes more time to fully acclimate the home to the desired temperature, it does so in a fashion that can more efficiently be sustained for longer periods of time. In general, the benefits one would find in this system and not in others include:

  • Cuts allergies out: With either dispersing water droplets into the air or using an underfloor system, homeowners will not need to worry about allergens in the air 
  • No dry out: Normal heaters dry the air and cause a multitude of problems for skin and the body in general, this is not seen in hydronic heaters. 
  • Energy efficiency: With water easily being superior at transferring heat, boilers and underfloor heaters use less electricity to start up and maintain the heating process. 

The upfront issue that comes with the hydronic system, especially the underfloor option, is the price of installation. While a boiler tends to be an easier installation, the underfloor option has to be installed under your flooring, which means an entire removal and then reapplication. This means if you want a hydronic underfloor system and you have marble tiles, the tiles would need to be removed and then reinstalled. That is why the installation or replacement process tends to be recommended when the homeowner is replacing the floor in a home.

How Long Does Hydronic Heating Last?

Hydronic systems are accredited with having a relatively comfortable lifespan of 15 to 20 years. In the case of underfloor heating or radiant heating, the system lasts many years longer than most other hydronic and even HVAC systems. With a working lifespan of 35 years, most homeowners tend to agree in saying the system is worth the upfront installation cost when it can last them for so long. By comparison, while it can exceed the 35-year lifespan, a normal heater like a furnace will only last up to 20 years. When it comes to the cost, the hydronic system will differ in pricing depending on what system in a home. The underfloor system does not break down as often as other systems, but when it does and it is under the floor the cost may be more because the floor has to be removed to get to the problem. When it is a normal boiler, the general repairs tend to be equal to an HVAC system.

Is Hydronic Heating More Efficient Than Forced Air?

While the lowest costing heaters may be infrared and oil-filled heaters, they tend to not be as efficient or applicable to an entire home. Arguably two of the most popular and used heaters come in the form of hydronic heaters versus forced air. Forced air heaters are generally what is found in normal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. While a heating system like a heat pump can be considered forced air to some degree, they are more expensive than hydronic heating due to having to work harder in the colder and hotter times of the year. A determining factor between which system is better tends to be the age, with older systems always being less efficient than a new system. Furthermore, as mentioned the hydronic system tends to be more efficient in constant running and the cost that shows up on the monthly energy bill. For when you have a boiler or other water-based plumbing system, reach out to Wicked Plumbing to get the best plumbing services in Somerset, MA. Call (508) 272-1196 today to schedule your appointment for hydronic heating systems services.