What is Radiant Hydronic Heat and what is Involved In A Typical Installation

What is Radiant Hydronic Heat and what is Involved In A Typical InstallationHomeowners in the Metro-Detroit area are looking for more efficient and cost-effective methods of heating their homes. One of the ways they are doing this is to return to radiant heating systems.

Radiant hydronic heat harnesses the rules of physics to heat your home effectively and efficiently. To do this, panels are installed directly into the floor, wall or ceiling of a room. These panels consist of tubing that is filled with hot water. As the water in the tubes heat up, the heat radiates directly into the room.

Many homeowners like radiant hydronic heat systems because, unlike forced air systems, they do not disperse allergens, dust and other particles into the air. Thus, they also help keep the air in your home cleaner and healthier.

Furthermore, radiant hydronic heat is easy to install and of all the types of radiant heating systems, it is the most cost-effective system to operate. In a new home, these systems are built directly into the foundation of the rooms where you want them. They are laid down in a grid pattern and then wet concrete is poured on top of them.

In an existing home, the floor is prepared, the tubes are laid down, and a thin layer of concrete is then poured to cover them. It should be noted that if you’re considering installing a radiant hydronic heat system in an existing structure, you should consult with an engineer beforehand so they can properly assess the structural loads that your floors can support.

Finally, in both new and existing construction, the concrete is often covered with tile that will not impede the heat from radiating out into the room. You can cover them with carpet, but this isn’t recommended as the carpet and pad do impede the effectiveness of the system.

Aladdin heating and Cooling has installed many radiant hydronic heating systems and we would be happy to discuss radiant heating options with you when you are ready. We have been in business since 1945 and proudly serve Warren, Orion and surrounding areas of southeast Michigan with the highest degree of service and professionalism.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about radiant hydronic heat and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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