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what is a Hydronic Heating System and How Much Does it Cost

Is Hydronic Heating Expensive?

What is a Hydronic Heating System and How Much Does it Cost?

A hydronic heating system uses heated water which runs through pipes and radiators which then heat multiple rooms. The water is heated to a temperature between 35 and 90 degrees Celsius in a boiler which typically uses natural gas before being transferred using a piping system to wall and underfloor systems throughout the house. How water is circulated through the pipes and returns to the boiler to be reheated. By reheating the warm water and recirculating is, the amount of energy used is less than traditional boiler heaters, meaning that your bill will be lower.

Calculating the Cost of a Hydronic System

While Hydronic heating systems have an initial cost that is higher than traditional ducted systems, they are less expensive to run than many other types of heaters. Although it can seem as though this system is expensive to run, a hydronic system that is left on all day costs less to run than a gas ducted heating system. When savings are calculated over a number of years, a hydronic system wins out over the competition.

Hydronic systems would typically cost approximately $7000 to $10,000. This includes installation of radiator heating panels in a three-bedroom house. Installing these systems in a new build would save on labour costs.

When retrofitting a hydronic heating system, a customer can expect to pay between $1300 to $1600 per radiator, including installation. Usually, each room will get one radiator. Pipes are installed under the house and the walls undergo minimal work, and as little disruption as possible.

Many professionals now recommend hydronic heating systems to their clients because of the mechanism by which it heats up a home. The efficiency is unparalleled, while also providing a cleaner form of heating which protects the health of those living in the house.

Underfloor hydronic heating will cost approximately $65m2. In an average sized house of 160m2, the cost would be around $10,400. It is important to note that this includes the system and installation, but does not include the cost of the boiler.

Other advantages of Hydronic Heating Systems

Hydronic heating systems are easy to maintain and typically come with 20-25 year warranties. The savings on repairs and maintenance are significant, and the length of the warranty indicates the confidence that manufacturers have in their product.

In Melbourne’s rainy, windy winters, traditional heating systems end up blowing a lot of particles from the outside air, into your home. Hydronic heating systems are a closed loop and are also much quieter. In climates where temperatures do not go far below zero, these heating systems provide more than adequate heat throughout the winter. Because they do not touch the surfaces behind which they are installed, these systems are safe and cannot result in burns since there is no direct contact with the heating elements.

Hydronic Heating System Installation, Maintenance and Repair

While hydronic systems are a worthwhile investment, they can be quite technical to install and are not DIY friendly. Luckily, the highly trained team of expert technicians at Efficient Pure Plumbing has you covered! Talk to one of our consultants today about an obligation free quote by calling 03 9792 3261, or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you at a convenient time.

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