Hydronic Radiant Heating Benefits
Radiant in-floor and European steel panel are the most comfortable and healthy heats to live with. They are quiet, maintenance fee, zonable and highly efficient. System design and installation are the key factors in getting the most efficiency out of a system. With advances in controls and pumps over the past few years, it is no longer necessary to have multiple circulators to do the job of one. This greatly reduces the amount of electricity required for heat distribution. Make sure your system is designed and installed by a heating contractor who cares to give you the best system available; it is going to be there for the life of the building.
Why Hydronics (provided by the AHRI)
Besides the reliability of equipment ratings, and the well-established reliability of hydronic accessories, there are many good reasons why hydronic systems have long been recognized as the standard method for providing indoor comfort. Hydronic heating, whether steam or hot water, provides positive, controlled circulation of the heating medium. Systems are
basically self-balancing, and in larger, more complicated heating systems, balancing is positively controlled by familiar valves and thermostats. The life of hydronic equipment is measured in decades; some existing boilers are more than fifty years old. In addition to the high efficiency of boilers (some over 95%), losses through the distribution system are extremely low on modern installations. Temperature control is close to ideal with hydronics. Any well-designed system can provide excellent comfort, without drafts or sharp swings in temperature. The flexibility of hydronic installations permits a variety of piping arrangements, simple or sophisticated controls, and large choice of room distribution units for all comfort applications.