How Does Hydronic Heating Work?

Hydronic systems take advantage of the high conductivity of liquid. When heated, water or other liquids pumped through tubes hold their warmth longer than air forced through ventilation systems. The tubes circulate the liquid from a boiler into a hydraulic manifold that regulates its flow so that it keeps areas at the temperature you desire. Unlike the hot and cold spots found in homes with air vents, a well-designed hydronic system distributes warmth evenly throughout the structure. Users can regulate the flow of liquids within the flooring system to move warmer water around the tubes. As the water cools, it is pumped back to the boiler to repeat the cycle.

Warmth from the Floor

In most cases, the tubes are placed within the home’s floor system. Some homes have tubes set within the concrete slab, while others have tubes put within floor joists under hardwoods, laminates, carpeting, or other floor covers. Hydronic systems are great for tile floors, especially in places like bathrooms where cold tiles are uncomfortable this time of year. Hydronic heat can also work in certain baseboard units.

What Role Does the Boiler Play?

The boiler heats the liquid in a hydronic heating system. Think of it as the heart that warms the body, as the pumps circulate the warmth throughout the structure. There are various systems available, including some designed for regions that can take advantage of solar power or warmer geothermal conditions. Rather than guess which system might work best, let us explain the dynamics of energy efficient boilers that are most appropriate for Wisconsin.

We Can Meet Your Heating Needs

Dignified Heating and Cooling serves the communities in and around Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Our professionals offer stress-free installation and maintenance of your heating system. Be sure to check out our specials, too. Contact us today so we can discuss the heating system that best meets your needs.