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Hydronic Heating System Design Choices

By Edited Aug 5, 2016 1 0

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Hydronic Heating System Design Choices, is an article that will walk you through the various types of radiation, used to heat our homes. New style and innovation, combine with traditional scientific data, to maximize output from a multitude of options that are available today.

One common type of hot water radiation that most people are familiar with, is a finned tube baseboard. This equipment is housed within a cabinet, along the outside walls of a room and heated water is pumped through the pipes to heat the room.

Simple in style and easy to install baseboard heating has been a favorite for homeowners and contractors alike. It is available in many different cabinet designs and heating output ratings vary as well. Any room that has enough outside wall space, can use baseboard heating to accomplish their climate control wishes.

When the situation permits, radiant floor heating is now well liked by the building trades and the general public. Tubing is laid in concrete slabs, or stapled below a wood floor in the bays, or set in tracks made in plywood panels that are eventually gone over with the finish flooring, be it tile or rug or even hardwood.

Radiant heat works on direct transfer technology. This means that the floor gets warm and directly heats anything thats touching it. Furniture and appliances actually become part of the system.

This type of heat is known for being a nice even heat, without the hot or cold spots, that often occur with traditional hot water heating systems employing baseboard.

Another type of heating that incorporates hot water or hydronics, is called a hydro air system and uses a coil filled with heated water from the boiler, and a fan that blows through this heat exchanger and heats the room with hot air.

Large ducts are needed for this type of combination system. One of the benefits however is a very rapid recovery time. This can be a fuel saver for those people who's lifestyle has them away all day. Thermostats can be set low when leaving and turned back up when arriving home.

All of these heating designs are commonly piped in the same way. A feed and return line from the boiler feeds the radiation, whatever kind it may be.

A Taco 007 circulator pump or equivalent will be used to circulate heated water through the radiation. This circulation is transferred one way or another to the room we're heating. As the water circulates around the loop it spends it's heat and goes back to the boiler to get more. This is a continuous operation until all thermostats are satisfied.

Using hot water or Hydronic heating to warm your home is the cats meow in heating. Boilers are quiet as a church mouse now a days and most will go unnoticed in the basement for 30 years with only the annual cleaning to remind you it's there. No better way to warm our homes is available today. An even efficient environmentally sound source of warmth. How can you go wrong?

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