What is Hydronic Heating?
Hydronic heating is a method of heating your home through the use of water as opposed to air. In a hydronic system, the heat source heats water, which is then circulated around the home through pipes to a range of heat distributors; either a combination of radiators, floor coils & more!
As there is no air circulating, hydronic heating offers a more natural & efficient way to heat your home. There is no drying of the air and no forced air movement or noise - a fantastic option for asthma and allergy sufferers.
What are the Running Costs?
How long is a piece of string? Sorry we can't give you an exact answer but what we can tell you is that the running costs for any form of hydronic system is going to be cheaper than an air based heating system. Click here to have a look at the Victorian Government's Sustainability website where it confirms this statement. Please keep in mind the sustainability website has very limited information regarding system options and it doesn't contemplate the running costs for an in-floor heating system. In-floor systems are more economical again than the radiator system due to the lower water temperature used. It also doesn't contemplate heat sources such as solar, wood fired boilers, heat pumps or best of all GEOTHERMAL.
Hydronic VS Ducted.
Conventional ducted systems disperse heat from the roof down, causing forced air movement and efficiency loss. As hot air rises, it just makes more sense to heat from the ground up.
On average, a hydronic heating system using a standard gas boiler (when correctly installed), will cost around 20% less to operate than a ducted central heating system in a house with 2.7 metre ceilings. Even greater efficiency can be achieved when the boiler is upgraded to a condensing boiler.
Whilst a Hydronic heating system uses hot water to provide heat, the water is continuously recycled meaning that once the system is filled up it will only very rarely need a top up.
What is Geothermal?
Geothermal heating is an alternative heat source that can either take the heat from the earth or a large dam on a rural property and be used in conjunction with a hydronic heating system and/or domestic hot water.
Ground loops or water loops are installed deep into the ground or within a damn, where the temperature maintains a consistent level of heat. That heat (or energy) is harnessed and used to pre-heat the water that is used in a hydronic heating system and domestic hot water system. Once pre-heated, the water is then given a small burst of heat with an Australian manufactured heat pump and is pumped into the hydronic heating and domestic hot water systems. When this type of system is installed correctly, hot water can be produced for free! Be sure to look at our Geothermal page for further information.
Is it possible to install Hydronic Heating to an existing or old home?
Of course! Most houses can have hydronic central heating retrospectively installed. It is always best to send us an email or call us to arrange for a one on one meeting to discuss your options.
I live out of town and don't have a natural gas connection. Can I still have Hydronic Heating?
Yes. There are more alternatives than just natural gas. We can install a geothermal system, wood boiler, LPG boiler and more. We're always looking into other alternative solutions to make sure we're installing a heat source that will be practical for each individuals' application.
How far do you travel?
We are based in Albury Wodonga and routinely travel to other areas in the Riverina and North East Victoria. Please contact us to find out if we can help you with your heating needs or we may be able to recommend someone from our network in your area.
Can you service my existing system?
We certainly can! No system or job is too big or small! Click here to visit our Servicing page for further information.