Retrofitting Hydronic Systems – What to Consider
Hydronic radiant underfloor heating systems are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners and businesses across Australia. These systems are efficient, convenient and an excellent way to heat up large spaces in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way. While it is recommended that these systems be installed during construction or renovation, retrofitting hydronic systems to completed structures is now easier than ever. Technicians now have the expertise to work around existing infrastructure and can gain access to ceilings, walls, and floors. Professional heating system companies carry out a thorough site inspection before making recommendations on how to proceed with installation.
What Does Retrofitting Your Hydronic Heating Mean?
Retrofitting is the process of installing a hydronic heater in a home or business that has already been built. There are some important factors to consider, such as access to the area below the floor and in some cases, walls and ceilings where radiant heat panels need to be installed. Floor coverings will need to be removed and reinstalled after the pipes and tubes are put in place.
How Does It Work?
Hydronic heating uses water which is heated using natural gas boilers which provide a low emission, eco-friendly way to power the system. A recirculating system feeds the water back again to be reheated. Hydronic systems use a water system that is independent of the home’s domestic water supply. The heated water passes through the panels under the floor, walls and ceiling and warmth radiates from the surfaces into the room. Radiant heaters usually work from the ground up, heating the room upwards. Using a high-quality thermostat, each radiator panel can be individually adjusted to provide the most customised, controlled environment for every room of the house.
Benefits of Hydronic Heating
A significant advantage with hydronic heaters is that they are not fan forced air systems, this means that your space is heated without air which could contain dust and other allergens. By creating a warm environment which is also clean, radiant heating systems are ideal for people with respiratory conditions and severe allergies. A quality Hydronic heater system involves a higher initial investment than traditional heaters but can easily last for 10-20 years if serviced and maintained periodically.
Hydronic Heater Servicing and Repairs in Melbourne
- Efficient Pure Plumbing offers comprehensive servicing and repairs to hydronic heating systems across Melbourne. Our services include:
- Removal of air from the lines which could result in cold spots in areas of the panels which are not receiving heated water.
- Checking of pH levels which can fluctuate due to sludge and rust inside radiant heat panels.
- Checking tank pressure to prevent incorrect pressure or fluctuations from causing leaks in the boiler.
- Power flushing to remove sludge build up due to infrequent maintenance. Build up of sludge can lead to sub-optimal performance, leading to higher energy costs.
Retrofit Hydronic Heating System Team
The team at Efficient Pure Plumbing are specialists in every aspect of hydronic heating. 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.