The question of how to heat and cool your home is one that most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time considering. Your comfort systems aren’t thought of as sexy or interesting, but they have an inordinately large impact on the enjoyment of a home. Whenever the budget starts to tighten, it’s often the heating and cooling that suffers while exciting appliances, interesting flooring, or impressive curb appeal are preserved.
Hydronic (hot water) heating has many advantages over other forms of heating that should be considered before the decision is made. Several of the most important ones are Comfort, Quiet Operation, Energy Savings, and Noninvasive Installation.
Comfort should always be the primary consideration. Hydronic heat has the flexibility to closely match the amount of heat needed in a space and to deliver that heat to the exact location it’s needed.
Hydronic systems are extremely quiet. When the water circulates through the floors, walls, and radiators the sound of the pumps and equipment is confined to the mechanical room. There are no noisy fans, or banging ductwork to disturb the occupants.
Buildings with hydronic systems have consistently shown to have lower heating energy use than equivalent structures with forced air systems. This is because heat loss is reduced through ceilings and around windows because air pressure isn’t forcing the heat out every crack. The heat stays closer to your toes, where we all like it. Also, the pumps associated with a hydronic system use a fraction of the energy that a furnace blower uses when it is operating. Hydronic systems can also be set up so each room can be a different temperature, depending on occupancy.
Finally, hydronics are non-invasive to install. It uses small diameter tubing that can easily fit into wall and floor cavities. This preserves head room and wall space for other purposes. The result is open, airy rooms which allow the owners to decorate as they desire.
Fransky Mechanical specializes in designing and installing the comfort systems to suit your needs. We would be pleased to discuss the options with you.