Hydronic Heating System Costs
Hydronic heating systems are one of the most effective methods of distributing heat and offer significant savings on energy costs. Heat naturally rises to the top of a room and traditional furnaces create uneven heating patterns and cold spots at floor level.
Hydronic systems disperse heat through the floor at the bottom of the room where it’s needed most for comfort. The method of dispersal means that water temperatures can be set lower for greater economy and efficiency than other systems.
The actual cost of warming a home with hydronic heating will depend on the method used to heat the water in the boiler. The cost for systems that use electricity will be reliant upon whether water is heated during peak or off-peak hours and if a smart meter is used.
Hydronic systems that use electricity to heat water are approximately 30 percent cheaper than other types of underfloor heating. Other methods typically cost about $355 per year to operate for the kitchen and living areas, and $50 per year for just one bathroom. Gas boilers are even less expensive to operate. Gas is cheaper than electricity and provides up to 95 percent efficiency in converting power to heat.
Tips for Reducing the Operating Costs of a Hydronic Heating System
It doesn’t matter what type of heat is used to warm a home or business, there are measures that individuals can take to reduce their overall costs. Each additional degree of heat on the thermostat translates to an approximate increase of 10 percent in cost. The following tips can help clients get the most from their hydronic heating system and prevent heat from leaking out of the home.
- Set heat levels to the minimum temperature that’s comfortable;
- Zone the hydronic system to only heat areas that are being used at any given time to save energy;
- Ensure that homes are well insulated;
- Install double glazed windows;
- Keep furniture away from radiators so they don’t obstruct heat flow;
- Latch windows;
- Use energy efficient curtains and draperies to reduce heat loss – they also reduce street noise;
- Keep fireplace dampers closed;
- Have the home examined by a certified thermographer to conduct an energy scan to locate areas of heat loss.