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2907, 2015

Hydronic Heating Systems Parts

July 29th, 2015|Hydronic Heating|0 Comments

The hydronic heating systems parts used in one home will depend greatly upon the design/configuration that is suitable for the property. However, no matter what the design is, hydronic heating systems will share a few common components.

Furnace/boiler
The boiler, or more accurately, the furnace, is responsible for reheating the liquid before it is distributed throughout the house. Boilers are rated using British thermal units per hour or Btu/h for their input and/or output. A suitable furnace should be large enough to provide ample heat and should offset heat loss.

Circulating pump
The circulating pump or circulator pushes the water through the boiler and into the piping system using an electronically driven pump. Depending on the configuration of the heating system, more than one circulator may be used for different zones in the home and even for other purposes like domestic hot water.

Zone valves
In some hydronic heating system designs, multiple zones are created. But instead of using different pumps for each zone, one circulator may be used in conjunction with one zone valve for each zone. This allows the residents to control each zone using a thermostat.

Expansion tank
Water changes volume depending on the temperature. When hot, water expands, and when cooled, it contracts. The function of the expansion tank is to factor in this change in volume.
Air elimination devices
Air can adversely affect the performance of the hydronic heating system. As such, air elimination devices are used to remove air from the system and put this back to the atmosphere.

Heat distribution devices
Depending on the system design and configuration, a hydronic system in a home can use any or a combination of these: radiant floors and ceilings, kickspace heaters, baseboard convection units, radiators and fan coil units.

Heat exchangers
The function of this component is to transfer heat to the water or a different type of liquid used in the heating system.

Mixing valves
Some hydronic heating system designs require the use of some components which need water that is cooler than the water supplied by the furnace. The role of the mixing valve is to help produce water that is cooler.

System controls
Many of today’s radiant heating systems are controlled using electronic thermostats which can be programmed. These are used to control temperature and are often connected to zone valves.

Piping and insulation
Piping, which can be made out of copper, iron, steel, rubber or plastic, is used to distribute hot water. The insulation, on the other hand, helps minimise the loss of heat.

2207, 2015

7 Reasons to Choose Hydronic Heating

July 22nd, 2015|Gas, Hydronic Heating, Uncategorized|0 Comments

ColourfulUggBootsDreary and cold — two things you don’t want to be when winter comes and you’re supposed to get comfortable. Seriously. It’s not fun to feel the icy chill of the weather indoors. So how do you stay warm during a cold Melbourne winter?

Non-stop drinking of whisky and other spirited drinks? Constant movement, perhaps breaking out with Zumba moves when temperatures dip? Or do you simply pile on so many layers of thermal wear that you look as though you’re competing for a Guinness World Record?

While your strategies for getting warm during winter sounds like madcap fun, there is another, much saner way to get nice and comfortable indoors. It doesn’t just heat space; it can also make hot water. Melbourne residents can get homes heated properly with hydronic heating. No drinking necessary (unless you want to). No dancing required (unless there’s good music). And no extra clothing needed.

Here are seven great reasons to replace your existing system or have one installed today:

1. Hydronic heating is one of the more efficient heating systems in the market.
This system uses gas boilers that get 95 percent efficiency ratings. It has the ability to customise heating levels so you can target specific areas and not waste the system on the entire home.

2. It’s a highly reliable heating system.
Hydronic heaters contain few moving parts. So you’re not likely to get any problems with it. But know that it has to come with quality components and it has to be installed by a professional plumber who has worked with this system. With these factors in mind, your hydronic heating system might not even need maintenance for years.

3. It’s eco-friendly.
This heating system uses water – its primary component. Water is recycled and recirculated. But you don’t have to use too much water; only minimal amounts are needed to top it up every year. Also, this system has minimal emissions.

4. It’s very attractive.
Your hydronic heater will not look like some bad industrial accessory. If you go with radiator panels, you can even choose from a line up of sleek and modern designs, for contemporary lofts, or traditional Victorian cast iron, for a vintage apartment. If you go with hydronic floor heating, the home appliance will be hidden with pipe work placed within the floor.

5. It’s easy on the pocket.
You can let your hydronic heating system run all through winter and not pay for expensive energy bills. Some systems can cost about 20 percent less to use than a ducted system.

Also, because it can heat your home and domestic water, and, with some systems, heat your pool, you basically get multiple uses out of it.

6. It’s safe and comfortable for everyone.
It doesn’t have any exposed flames or electrical connections so you don’t have to worry about the kids. It gently heats your home without creating hot spots or noise.

7. It’s healthy.
Finally, this heating system doesn’t create dry or humid environments. With minimal movement of dust or allergens, since you don’t need fans to move the warm air around, it’s safe for those with asthma and other allergies.

If you already have a hydronic heating system in your home, we can organise an experience gas technician to help keep it running in tip top working condition.  Just call us on 1300 390 045 and we can organise this for you now.