Are you planning to build a new home in South Australia? Now is the time to think about heating solutions for your home so that you can invest in the right heating system to suit your needs. When it comes to heating your entire home, most people immediately think of ducted air conditioning or some other form of forced air system. We’re here to tell you all about radiant heating and hydronic underfloor heating systems as an alternative to conventional forced air systems.
Hydronic underfloor heating uses radiant heat to warm your home. The picture below shows how radiant heating warms the whole body compared to convection or forced air heating which primarily warms only your upper body. With forced air systems, air moves across ceilings and other surfaces, leading to high thermal losses and additional energy being consumed to make up for these losses. With a radiant floor heating system, however, the temperature of the floor surface is higher than that of the air, resulting in a more consistent and even heat throughout your home.
Reasons to use radiant heating
Comfort – Radiant heating maintains an even temperature with no drafts, hot spots or cold spots. This means you can enjoy fresh air in your home with no dryness or stuffiness. Radiant heating is also silent when in operation.
Safety – There are no exposed flames or hot surfaces, ducts or radiators, or moving parts to worry about when you use a radiant heating system. This makes it incredibly safe for a young family.
Health – Radiant heating is ideal for people with respiratory problems, allergies or asthma because there is no airborne dust or fumes, and no drafts to cause chills.
Convenience – A radiant heating system uses thermostats and time switches to look after the heating system, so you can simply set and forget! They are easy to install when building, extending or renovating, and no floor or wall space is lost. There are also no pilot lights to re-light or wood to collect. Simple, convenient and effective!
Economical – Our radiant heating systems have controllable zones, so it’s possible to have individual zone thermostat control with different temperatures in each zone. Thermal comfort can be achieved at lower air temperatures than conventional forced air systems, making it more economical to run. It’s also virtually maintenance free as there are no moving parts.
How hydronic floor heating works
Hydronic radiant heat uses small pipes, water and an energy source of your choosing, making hydronic underfloor heating systems efficient enough to use as a heating solution for your entire home.
Pipes beneath the floor are used to circulate heated water throughout the area. As the water flows through the system, the heat is released. Water can be heated in a number of different ways, which means that you’ll have many energy options when choosing hydronic radiant heat:
Kerosene water heater
Gas water heater
Solar water heater