Today’s construction industry is filled with innovative solutions that meet current needs while contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. This increasing emphasis on efficiency and sustainability has led to advancements in innovative technologies that enhance indoor comfort while maximizing the building’s overall efficiency.
Traditional heating and cooling systems use large amounts of energy because they heat or cool the entire structure simultaneously. That’s one reason radiant systems are becoming more and more standard in new construction. Here’s what you need to know about radiant hydronic systems and how they benefit both efficiency and comfort.
One of the most common and popular types of radiant systems is the hydronic radiant system. Hydronic systems use heated water pumped through tubing installed underneath the floor. As the warm water flows through piping, it heats the floor and surrounding air, which naturally circulates upward as heat rises.
Hydronic systems can be installed in various ways, whether the piping is added on top of subflooring, attached to aluminum strips on the underside of the flooring, or installed using poured concrete. Once the piping is installed, it can be covered with your choice of flooring types, including porcelain, ceramic, stone tile, hardwood, laminate, and vinyl plank.
Radiant heating and cooling systems revolutionize the way buildings are conditioned, providing a host of advantages that go beyond conventional HVAC approaches.
1. Energy Efficiency: Hydronic radiant systems are very energy efficient, using very little electricity, especially compared to traditional HVAC systems. These are perfect for locations with soaring electricity prices or homes located “off the grid.”
2. Energy Sources: Radiant systems using water (hydronic) can use any energy source to heat the water, whether it’s gas, oil, wood, or solar power.
3. Reduces Duct Losses: Unlike forced-air systems, radiant systems don’t rely on duct work that could become obstructed, clogged, or dirty. Long, expansive duct work, dampers, filters, and other parts of the system can reduce airflow and impact traditional systems’ overall efficiency and effectiveness. Radiant systems don’t have these issues.
4. Hypo-Allergenic: Allergy sufferers or those with respiratory issues may prefer radiant heating and cooling systems. Unlike forced-air systems that can spread pollen, dander, dust, and other unwanted allergens throughout your home, radiant systems use localized heating in contained spaces.
5. No Disruptions: Unlike noisy and unsightly forced-air systems, radiant heating and cooling systems run silently and out of sight. That means you won’t be disrupted by the sound of the system turning on or off or experience the sensations of a drafty home.
6. Even Heating and Cooling: Radiant systems provide evenly distributed heating and cooling throughout the space. Further, you can precisely control your temperature preferences in the areas you need without heating or cooling the entire home.
Selecting the right radiant hydronic system for your home or facility is critical for obtaining all the associated benefits. To determine what you need, here are some things to consider:
- The building’s size
- Current layout
- Local climate conditions
- Architectural layout
- Long-term maintenance and durability
- Cost and energy-saving potential
Once you choose your system, you can install it in existing or new construction. While installing a new radiant hydronic system may have a higher up-front cost, the benefits it will provide will more than offset the initial expense.
Radiant hydronic systems offer a transformative approach to building efficiency and comfort. With eco-friendly materials, a focus on sustainability, and informed decision-making, these systems redefine heating and cooling.
Nova Supply is your premier plastic piping and radiant hydronic solutions provider, and our experts are ready to help you choose and implement the best system for your home, office, or other facility. To learn more about radiant systems and discuss the needs for your current or upcoming building project, contact us today!