Before you make up your mind, let us introduce you to hydronic heating - a unique method of heating your home or building which brings some advantages that no other method can. Read on for more!
What is hydronic heating?
Hydronic heating is an energy-efficient system of using water to move heat from sources such as heat pumps or gas boilers via piping to each room.
Why choose hydronic heating?
Hydronic heating is a cost-effective choice which combines smart energy with innovative technology to produce an efficient heating system.
Unlike other heat sources that use fans or vents to blow air around the room, radiation results in an even distribution of heat.
Hydronic heating has proven to be an especially popular choice when it comes to heating bathrooms. Under floor installation lends itself perfectly as a heated floor source in an area of the house that people enjoy warmth on their feet!
But hydronic heating shouldn't be pigeonholed as heated tiling. Full-home systems are gaining in popularity, especially in newer builds where the installation costs can be minimised before the floor coverings go over the pipework. The consistent radiant heat comes at a reduced running cost and makes strong appeal for those planning to stay in their home for a number of years.
What does hydronic heating cost?
Typically, a hydronic heating system requires a higher initial investment than other basic forms of heating. Here at Sackett Services we like to advise our potential clients that a minimum budget of $10,000 is necessary to investigate this heating option.
That said, the lower running costs can deliver significant savings over the long-term. For example, a hydronic system can be up to 30% cheaper than a similarly sized central ducted heating system.
A major factor in determining your initial costs is whether you are installing hydronic heating in a new or existing dwelling. The level of access is the reason - the installer is going to need underfloor or wall cavity access to lay the pipework, and it makes sense that this is easier to do during a new build.
That said, installation costs aren’t prohibitive in an existing home. Pipework can be run on external walls or below the floor if there is sufficient access. Otherwise tactics such as floorboard removals or plaster patch ups can facilitate installation, albeit at an increased cost.
Is hydronic heating healthy?
As hydronic heating is a radiant form of heat, it doesn’t circulate airborne contaminants, allergens and dust around homes and buildings like many common heating systems.
Instead, radiant heating transfers heat from a source to an object, resulting in improved air quality and a healthier home.
As a result, it's an ideal source of heating for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
The floor slabs are also fully enclosed, so there is no danger of burning and no exposed flames. This means no harmful toxins or electrical connections, making it a safe and healthy choice for homes with the elderly, children and pets.
For a more specific discussion about the suitability of hydronic heating for your new build or existing home, please contact us and speak to a friendly member of our staff.