hydronic heating

Hydronic Heating 101- Part 2

July 14, 2017

If you’ve recently stopped by the VIC Underpinning site, and more specifically checked out our blog– you may have learned a thing or two about hydronic heating. It’s an up-and-coming trend in the home renovation industry and VIC Underpinning has learned the importance of keeping our ear to the ground. When you look at the VIC team, not only should you see a local group of experts dedicated to properly reinforcing the foundation of your home, you should also see a group of individuals who are passionate about building beautiful properties for you and your loved ones to make generations of memories in.

So if we left you with a bit of a cliffhanger when it comes to hydronic heating- we apologize, but not really. It just means that today, we get to dive into part 2. Today, we tackle additional benefits, some of the opportunities that the science has yet to explore and the ultimate question- does this make sense for me?

How Does Hydronic Heating Work?

Those of you who read our most recent post learned that hydronic heating is all the rage in Europe, creates a quiet home, and is a great alternative to other forms of energy for those looking at cost savings. But how does it work? In a nutshell, the system pipes hot water throughout the home, and the heat of the liquid radiates throughout the house. It leverages three important components of the study of heat transfer– conduction, convection, and radiation. A bit of a trip down memory lane back to your maths and science classes, eh?

Hydronic heating is one step above the others in the market, because of the dynamic way that it works. Forced air heating, for example, only leverages convection and air…there’s no conduction in the mix. Air tends to be a bit of a poor conductor when it comes to heat. That is incidentally the reason why it’s utilized so frequently in insulation.

Does Hydronic Heating Make Sense for You?

It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But if you learn just one thing from VIC, we hope that it’s to look at the big picture and gather all of the facts before making a decision. There are still opportunities for hydronic heating in the future ahead, and scenarios where it might not be your solution. Many of the opportunities lie within how it’s installed, which is why it’s extra important to work with a company like VIC Underpinning who can oversee the installation from end-to-end. Challenges that we’ve seen on properties include:

  • leaks when the plumbing has not been installed properly (there are lot of pipes involved in the installation of this type of heating),
  • freezing (especially if water has been left in the pipes after testing), and
  • air pockets.

All of these are easily avoided but important to note.

The VIC team always aims to put our customers in the driver’s seat. We want you to come to the table equipped with the right knowledge, and ready to make the creative decisions. Questions? Give us a shout. We’d love to help.