As you know if you follow along with the BelRed Energy blog, you know we discuss many different types of heating options for the home. One form of heating we haven’t touched on much on the blog is an efficient and green option for heating the home called hydronic heating.

Hydronic heating is an energy efficient home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along baseboard heaters, or through radiators to heat your home. This type of system has become increasingly popular among families that want added comfort and control in the rooms where they need heat, savings through lower heating bills, and a decrease in their environmental impact by making smart green building choices when installing a new heating system.

You may have heard the term or even experience radiant heating. Radiant heating is a form of hydronic heating. Radiant heating is in-floor hydronic heating – circulating hot water through piping in or under a floor. The energy disperses evenly to comfortably warm your home. The comfort of the home gets an added bonus if radiant heating floors are wood or tile, since you can feel the warmth on these surfaces when you walk on them with bare feet.

Hydronic heating can have many different benefits in terms of energy efficiency, cost and low environmental impact.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Very energy efficient, plus these systems use no fossil fuels so pollution is reduced
  • More energy efficient than most forced-air systems to reduce energy costs
  • Uses small tubing which loses less heat than heat sent through air ducts
  • Utilizes a circulating pump with lower power demands than a forced air blower
  • Can be zoned room to room to improve comfort
  • Creates virtually no detectable noise in living areas
  • Versatile enough to be used in new construction and existing homes
  • Compatible with nearly any type of floors or floor covering (tile, concrete, hardwood, carpet, linoleum, marble, etc.)
  • Is not visible – no air ducts to hide, takes up no wall space
  • Great for allergies – no air circulation so dust particles and allergens are not stirred up, and dust mites are greatly reduced
  • No duct cleaning needed

If you’re interested in exploring the installation potential of hydronic heating in your home or are in need of a reliable, efficient heating system for a new build, give us a call today and we’ll put you in touch with one of our qualified staff members to discuss your options. Stay tuned to the blog as well, as we’ll be following up this post with a post about maintenance of a hydronic heating system.

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