hydronic heating system

Hydronic Heating 101 – Part 1

July 3, 2017

One of the many benefits of being part of the VIC Underpinning team is that every teammate shares the same passion for what we do. It’s not just the act of showing up to work, it’s the time that we spend together in the break areas and in between our time out on jobs—connecting over the tiny nuances that we’ve learned and the bigger trends on the horizon. The trends that we’re referring to aren’t just related to reblocking, restumping and underpinning… We’re talking much bigger picture than that. We love the art of interior design, of home renovation, of a landscaping job well-done. And because of all of the amazing customers that we’re lucky to work with, we’ve gained quite a bit of know-how about best practices and things to look for on the horizon. So here on the VIC blog, we continue to make an active effort, to share such knowledge with you. Today, that means providing part one of an overview of hydronic heating, a term that you should get used to hearing.

Why Should You Care About Hydronic Heating?

It doesn’t matter what time of year it may be, efficient heating is an important need for each of our customers. A growing market of options doesn’t really help—how do you choose? Which solution makes sense for your family? Which will be most cost effective and which will last the longest? So many questions, and that’s not where we want you to be focusing your time. Our hope as a company is that our customers can kick back, knowing that they’re in safe hands, and only step in when you’d like to learn and when you can celebrate the final product.

That’s why hydronic heating has been a solution for so many. It eradicates much of the aforementioned question-asking. It doesn’t matter if you’re retrofitting an existing building structure or starting from the ground up, there are smart applications of hydronic heating that may make sense. But let’s start with the basics… what the heck is hydronic heating? It’s currently becoming the norm in Europe, especially in the Northern countries. It is set at a comfortable temperature and leverages the technologies used in thermostats to remove the chill from the surrounding air. And how does it accomplish such a magical feat? Hydronic heating recirculates hot water, kept hot by natural gas or solid fuel.

Pros of Hydronic Heating

There are many pros which are attached to hydronic heating. Right off the bat, you can rest easy, knowing that those in your family with allergies won’t have to worry. This process takes all of the dust and allergens normally associated right out of the air. Bonus? No cleaning all that extra dust! Additional benefits include lower bills and a quiet household. It’s worth exploring using the boilers that support hydronic heating, for your hot water system. Instant additional savings right there.

We’ve covered the good. Stay tuned for opportunities that hydronic heating sees, including scenarios where it may not make the most sense for you. Thank you for checking out the VIC Underpinning blog!