How Hydronic Heating Works
A hydronic heating system can be an important part of modern plumbing design. Hydronics is the application of liquid-heat transfer from the boiler to other parts of the house through the heating system.
The use of steam heat from boilers was commonly used to heat water years ago, but the modern hydronic heating system has an innovative heating method which has become widely popular in homes and commercial buildings due to its multi-purpose ability.
How Does a Hydronic System Work?
The hydronic heating system works by heating and moving water through a radiator’s sealed pipes. In addition to heating the water in your bathroom, it also has the ability to heat a swimming pool, towel rails, and floor slabs to keep a number of amenities warm and comfortable.
There are different methods used in heat transfer:
- Conduction – Heat is usually moved or transferred through physical touch. Take, for example, standing barefoot on cold tile. The heat from the our sole is transferred to the tile, making it less chilly. The ability to transfer the heat is affected by the density of the object. This is why liquid is considered to be a better conductor than gas.
- Convection – Heat transfer occurs when water is circulated from one place to another. In a traditional heating system, air is forced to help transfer heat to the water.
- Radiation – This type of heating system uses heat that travels in unseen waves through an empty space.
Modern hydronic systems deliver heated water from the boiler exactly where and when it is needed. A simple tank-type water heater that is connected to a loop of plastic tubings can also help warm the bathroom flooring. With two or more boilers, you can provide your home with hot water, melt snow in the driveway, and warm the pool.
Benefits of Using a Hydronic Heating System
Aside from supplying your home with comfortably warm water, hydronic heating also comes with other benefits:
- Efficiency – This heating system can save money on energy bills. It has an 85%-90% efficiency.
- Safe to Touch – Radiator panels are safe for children and pets to touch. Most panels have a mild temperature that does not harm skin.
- No Dust and Allergens – Unlike duct-heated system, hydronics simply heats the water using a radiator, which does not require any forced air circulation.
If you are looking to have a hydronic heating system installed in your home, please call Plumbing Authority at (647) 992-PIPE (7473) to discuss the possibilities.