I don’t have
a central unit for my heating.
Most heating systems that employ “radiant” heat are propelled by a hydronic system—they are critical to the proper and efficient operation of many home heating systems. We’re the experts to call when you need hydronic system repairs.
What is a Hydronic System?
A hydronic system is a natural gas, oil, propane or solid-fuel-burning appliance that produces hot water or steam which is circulated through pipes to heat-radiating devices in a room. Most homes in the United States are heated with either furnaces or hydronic systems.
Hydronic systems heat water, providing either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators, and hot water can be distributed via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems, or can heat air via a coil. Steam systems operate at a higher temperature than hot water systems, and are inherently less efficient, but high-efficiency versions of all types of furnaces and hydronic systems are currently available.
Hydronic systems offer a host of advantages not found in other types of home comfort systems. Of all natural materials for conducting heat, water is best. Temperature changes of water can be accurately controlled and measured, so there is less “over-shooting” of thermostat settings and less wasted heat. And today’s compact hydronic systems, with improved heat-transfer technology, high- efficiency burners and electronic controls are 30 to 40 percent more efficient than hydronic systems installed ten years ago.
If your hydronic system is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, the simplest solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model. Old coal burners that were switched over to oil or gas are prime candidates for replacement. Newer systems may be more efficient but are still likely to be oversized, and can often be modified to lower their operating capacity.
A central hydronic system’s efficiency is measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). The Federal Trade Commission requires new hydronic systems to display their AFUE so consumers can compare heating efficiencies of various models. AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is in the energy in its fuel over the course of a typical year.
Call our experienced technicians at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®, and we’ll go over your options with you.