How Hydronic Heating Works

A quiet revolution in home heating is sweeping America. More and more, homeowners are turning to what many consider the most comfortable heating solution, hydronic heating, which utilizes water instead of or in addition to air as the heat transfer medium. Homeowners are learning from their co-workers, friends, neighbors, and relatives that today’s hydronic heat is draft-free, quiet, clean, efficient and, above all, comfortable.

Hydronic heating systems circulate hot water through plastic tubing, baseboards, or radiators to provide gentle, silent, and clean heat. Many homeowners live with rooms that are too hot or too cold. To maximize comfort, each room in a hydronically-heated home can be zoned separately allowing each room or area to be controlled individually. Furthermore, hydronic heating systems are extremely efficient because of design advances in boilers, zoned heating, and the nature of the heating system.

Although Americans have used hot water and steam boilers for decades, recent technological advances in boilers and heat distribution systems have spurred an increased demand for hydronic installations. For example, the advent of extremely durable plastic tubing has made it possible to hydronically heat floors, walls, sidewalks, driveways, and swimming pools. Plastic tubing is flexible, so it is easy to install and service, making it more economical to use than other types of piping materials.