5 Reasons Why Hydronic Heating Might Be Right For You

When considering options for heating a home, forced air vs hydronic systems are the two most common approaches. Forced air consists of a gas-fired or electric furnace that blows heated air through ductwork to warm the house. Hydronic heating, conversely, utilizes water heated in a boiler, then circulated throughout the house to emit warmth through radiant tubing grids installed in the floor and/or baseboard units.

In a balanced comparison between forced air vs hydronic systems, both options have certain advantages and disadvantages. Focusing on hydronic heating for the moment, here are some benefits that might make it the right choice for you.

Gentle, uniform heating.

Because heat naturally rises, hydronic systems warm the room from the floor level upwards instead of blowing hot air in through wall vents.  Rising radiant heat fills the room without cold spots as the heated floor surface emits subtle, diffuse warmth without noticeable on/off temperature swings.

Healthy, allergy-free air.

Since radiant heating doesn’t move air—no blower fan or ductwork required—airborne allergens are not being continuously stirred up into the indoor environment. This reduces potential health issues as well as the reliance on air filters to keep household air clean.

Quieter living.

Air circulating through ductwork may generate noise as a forced-air system cycles on and off. No ducts and no moving air means no system noise whatsoever from a radiant heating system.

Improved efficiency.

Warm air produced by a furnace loses heat rapidly. Conversely, the fluid utilized by a radiant system—typically a mixture of water and glycol—retains heat longer and releases it more gradually, meaning more efficient heating and lower operating costs. Because radiant heating doesn’t increase indoor air pressure, heat loss through structural air leaks is also less.

Better humidity control.

Forced-air heating is known for drying indoor air, sometimes excessively. The radiant heating process does not remove moisture from the air, keeping the indoor environment more comfortable.

For more help in comparing forced air vs hydronic systems, ask the Paitson Bros. professionals. We’ve been offering effective home heating options to the residents of Terre Haute since 1922.

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