Hotting Up: Hydro Power
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Published by TOP4 Team
Dams, water mills, reservoirs; these are some examples of producing electricity from bodies of water, but there are still other things that water can do other than powering things up. With the help from the experts at H2O heating, we explore the use of water as a way of heating your home’s interior.
Water has been used for centuries as a provider of heat in areas from cooking to bathing, as well as heating. By circulating water over and over through a central boiling system, hot water is passed through a network of pipes to outlets such as radiator panels, in-floor trench convectors and in-slab floor coils. This method, known as hydronic heating, heats the home’s structure as well as its interior, creating a more reliable, healthy and efficient heating solution.
The efficiency of hydronic heating is not only in its use of recycled water, but also due to the system’s versatility. Hydronic heating systems can be easily zoned, giving the homeowner the flexibility to independently control the heating requirements for each room - further reducing fuel bills. Researchers have discovered that this type of heating has efficiency ratings of 80 to 95 per cent. In comparison to a ducted gas system, hydronic heating costs 20 per cent less to run for homes with 2.7m-high ceilings and for homes with even higher ceilings, the savings increase to about 40 to 50 per cent.
As hydronic heating does not use a fan, this system has been popular among allergy sufferers because it does not create dry, humid or dust-filled environments. The absence of a fan also means the system operates in silence, further adding to the comfort of your home. In contrary to a forced centralised heating system, there are no other chemical involvement which results to be economically friendly and solar power can be used as substitute in heating.
Fitting in with almost any style of home, whether it’s well established or new, hydronic heating offers limitless flexibility in that it can be extended or altered at any time. And with a range of outlets now available, hydronic heating should certainly be considered when thinking about the way you are going to heat your home this winter.