Why install a boiler fed hot water heating system over a forced air furnace system?
Boilers provide a more comfortable heat compared to furnaces because the heat is even and not forced. Another bonus of not having forced air is a major reduction in dust and allergens throughout your home. Another huge advantage of boilers over furnaces are the fact they are mostly silent. With no large fans to blow the hot air through your home, you’ll notice a reduction in noise. Boilers also provide you with the ability to control your home with various zone controls, reducing the need to use excess energy, saving you money
If boilers are so great, why aren't they considered the standard?
The main reason is usually the up front cost. Boilers have a higher upfront install cost than furnaces, and they do not provide a way of cooling a home. However, the efficiency of a boiler system will treat you to lower monthly bills.
What is a combi-boiler?
When installing a hydronic system you may want to consider upgrading your boiler to a combination high efficiency boiler. A combi boiler will eliminate your need for a hot water tank and act as a tankless hot water heater for the rest of your home. Tankless hot water tanks alone are more efficient than standard hot water tanks because the water is only warmed when needed, instead of constantly maintaining a hot water temperature regardless of use. Another benefit of a tankless hot water heater is that you will never run out of hot water. A combination boiler and hot water heater is further efficient because it does the work of two units.
How does an in floor heating system work?
Warm water flows through flexible, durable tubing that is embedded under the floor. Water is heated from the boiler, then circulates through the tubing and the warmth radiates up from the floor to warm objects and people in a room.
How can in floor heating warm an entire room?
In a radiant set up, the warmth is supplied by hot water tubes placed under the floor. As the invisible waves of thermal radiation rise from below, they warm up any objects they strike, which radiate that captured heat in turn. Though the air temperature remains relatively constant, you stay comfortable because the surrounding surfaces aren’t stealing warmth from your body.
How does in floor heating compare to a traditional forced air heating system?
With furnace based forced air heating systems, air blows out of the registers at 120 degrees, rises to the top of the room where it quickly sheds heat, then drops back down as it cools. This leaves your head feeling hot while your toes remain freezing. Those temperature ups and downs are absent with in floor heating, the warm air still rises, but it does so evenly over the entire floor, so the coolest air stays up at the ceiling.
What is the difference between in floor heating and in floor warming?
If you are looking for some of the benefits of infloor heating without the cost of a complete system, we offer infloor warming set ups for localized warming. Have you ever walked into the bathroom or kitchen only to find cold tiles? An in floor warming system does just as it’ss described, the floor is warmed so that the room feels cozy and warm no matter the season. Infloor warming is not limited to just the floor, we can warm up shower walls as well to help with the shock of a cold morning.
What is the difference between hydronic heated driveway systems and electric heated driveway systems?
The heat source for the hydronic heated driveway system is typically a water heater or boiler, which can be powered by natural gas, electricity, oil, wood or even solar panels. The hot water travels through tubing placed below the surface of the driveway, warming up the surface enough for the snow and ice to melt, as the water travels through the tubing it cools and is returned to the boiler to be reheated again.
Electric heated driveway systems are similar in layout, but instead of tubing, wiring is placed under the surface of the driveway that connects to a power source.
Are you planning to renovate a part of your house and would like hydronic heating without the cost of converting the entire house, you have found the right contractor to help. We offer hybrid systems that use boilers, air handlers, and heat exchangers to provide optimized heating to your home. Use in floor heating in the basement to create a warm living space, keep forced air on the main floor to eliminate construction damage, and convert to baseboard heat upstairs to provide great convection heating. We can tie in all three systems and minimized your utility bills.
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