Ducted or Hydronic Heating: What To Choose & Why
Homeowners in Melbourne upgrading their home heating will find they have several choices, including wall furnaces, ducted heating and hydronic heating systems. If you’re after a heating system that heats multiple spaces throughout your home which can be set up as individually-controlled zones, ducted and hydronic heating are your best choices, but what’s the difference between the two and which one is the right heating system for you?
When comparing these two popular heating systems, it’s important to bear in mind that it isn’t a question of which one is ‘better’, but instead which best suits your needs. Here’s a quick look at ducted and hydronic heating systems and the benefits that each offers.
What Is Ducted Heating?
Ducted heating systems are energy-efficient, cost-effective and easy to operate, making them a popular choice among both home and business owners. These simple yet effective heating systems are comprised of three main components: an external furnace, a heat exchanger and a duct network. The external furnace heats cool air by passing it over the heat exchanger and then distributes the warm air via the duct network located throughout the home.
Homeowners can choose to have the unit installed in the roof of their home, attached to an external wall or even under the floor. Along with flexible installations and relatively minimal long-term maintenance requirements, (gas ducted heating services are very cost-effective), the benefits of a choosing a ducted heating installation for your Melbourne home include:
- Provides instant warmth
- Extremely energy-efficient
- Easy to set up heating zones
- Easily installed in existing homes.
What Is Hydronic Heating?
Hydronic heating systems are energy-efficient systems comprised of two main components: the boiler which produces the heat and the thermostat which controls it. Unlike ducted heating systems which distribute hot air via ducts, hydronic heating uses a network of pipes beneath the floor (underfloor hydronic heating) or radiator panels (radiator panel hydronic systems) to distribute hot water which provides a consistent and easily controlled heat throughout each space. The benefits of choosing a hydronic heating system include:
- Comfortable radiant heat
- Excellent energy efficiency
- Easy installation for new homes
- Quieter and more hygienic than ducted systems.
Which One Is The Right Choice For You?
Both ducted and hydronic heating systems have many benefits for Melbourne homeowners, however, to make the right choice about your new home heating system you’ll need to consider important factors such as:
- Installation costs and your budget
- New or existing home?
- Your home lifestyle
- Your zoning needs.
To choose the ideal heating system that keeps your home warm and cosy throughout those chilly Melbourne winters, you’ll need to consider those factors and more. That’s one of the many reasons why it’s so important to get expert and honest advice from a hydronic and ducted heating installation specialist when exploring your home heating options.
If you’d like to learn more about our hydronic and ducted heating installation services or chat to a residential heating and aircon installation specialist about your home cooling and heating requirements, please contact Efficient Pure Plumbing on 03 9498 1063 today.