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Is Hydronic Heating More Economical?

  • 23 August 2018

    Hydronic heating has a reputation for not being cheap to install, and generally that’s the case. But as with anything else you get what you pay for. Here’s a few reasons why hydronic heating is still good value for money.

    • You’re heating the whole house

    In most Australian homes, we only heat part of the house. For instance, if there’s a fireplace or air conditioner in the living room, you’re only heating that room. While some heat may migrate through to your bedrooms, there’s no way to be sure that you’re maintaining a comfortable temperature in each room.

    A hydronic heating system is designed to keep every room in your home warm at all times. So it may cost a little more than a single room heater, but you get much more benefit.

    As a guide, we find that a hydronic underfloor heating system is generally comparable in capital cost to a fully-ducted air-conditioning system which would also operate throughout your whole house.
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    • It’s more economical to maintain the temperature than heat up from cold

    We all understand that if we’re driving a car, we’ll use less petrol driving at a constant speed along a straight road than if we’re constantly stopping and starting the car.

    Your heating system is the same. If you wait until your house is cold before you turn on the heating, the heater has to do a huge amount of work to get your home up to temperature quickly.

    An underfloor hydronic heating system is designed to be left on all winter and is controlled by thermostats and timers. That way, it’s only maintaining the temperature instead of heating your house from cold every day, which reduces energy use and saves you money.

    • It’s built to last

    A hydronic heating system is custom-designed to suit your home, and built-in to the design of your house. The products are built to last the lifetime of your home.

    Portable gas or electric heaters are much cheaper to buy and plug in, but they’re generally only designed to last around 2-5 years before they need to be replaced. They also cost much more to run.

    So if you’re building your dream home and you intend to live there for the next ten years, it’s a much better investment to go for a hydronic system rather than individual heaters.

    • Keeping your house warm reduces mold and moisture

    If your house is cold, it will tend to hold onto moisture which leads to mold building up. This will cause the timber portions of your house to decay, requiring additional maintenance. It’s also very bad for the health of your family.

    By keeping every part of your house warm all the time, you help to dry out the house which eliminates moisture and mold. This in turn creates a healthier environment and reduces maintenance costs on your home, particularly in wet area like bathrooms which tend to hold onto moisture.

    If you’re looking for an underfloor heating specialist in Sydney then please contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have about home heating.