SHOPPING FOR HYDRONIC HEATING
The modern heating systems have evolved over the past several years to provide you and your family the comfort and safety you need and deserve. With the growth of technology and science comes ways in making your lives a little easier especially in your homes. One perfect example is the Hydronic heater most households use nowadays. “What is a Hydronic heater and what is hydronic heat?” you might ask. For those of you who have no idea and just came across these words, then you’ve come to the right place.
Hydronic heating is the use of water as a medium to transfer heat or cold to another surface of matter. Modern Hydronic heating systems use tubing equipped with hot liquid running that run under the floorboards through radiators in heating the whole house. These are also called radiant heating which is what most families use. Another definition of hydronic heating systems is the use of water in transporting heat from the heat source to where you intend it to go. Water is the medium that absorbs heat from the source and acts as a vehicle that brings the heat to the place or the room in the house you want it to go.
WET AND DRY HYDRONIC HEATING
Most people don’t know exactly what it is or how it works, they just know that it works and makes their lives a lot more comfortable. It’s a safe and comfortable way of making sure your house is heated properly and your family is safe in their beds and not freezing or experiencing the biting cold, especially during winter.
There are two scenarios for installing your hydronic heating system or for securing radiant heat under the house.
- Wet – This is where the tubings are placed into a bed of concrete which protects the tubings from any wear and tear that might happen and at the same time provides a thermal mass for absorbing the heat. When there is thermal mass absorbing the heat, it means that the warmth or heat is evenly distributed throughout the room. There are two other types of Wet Installation:
- Thin Slab
- Slab on grade foundations
- Dry – This uses prebuilt panels that have built in tracks for radiant tubing. They are often called plate systems
Most plumbers and homeowners use radiators and baseboard hydronic heaters because they are much easier to use due to less piping in these heating systems.
- From the plumbing, different zones of pipes are placed on the floor. It is done within the walls and through the floor joists so it can be connected to their units.
- Installers must make sure to position the radiator or baseboard unit in a way that it would not be blocked by furniture any house fixtures in the future.
- They must also make sure the plumbing lines used for the heated water and the returning one runs through condition spaces and they should be insulated.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hydronic Heating from our expert installers or wish to have a Hydronic heating system setup in your home, call or email us today. We can answer any questions you may have and even provide a free quote.
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