Hydronic boilers are used to heat a medium, usually water, in order to provide comfort for either residential or commercial buildings. An advantage for homeowners in Colorado is the humidity that boilers with water heat add to the environment. The boilers are flexible because the fluid that will be distributed throughout the building can be heated using multiple methods. Natural gas is the preferred method if it is readily available. LPG (propane) and fuel oil are just some other examples of the many ways to heat the medium. The boiler system includes piping, pumps and some form of distribution to heat the space. Radiators, baseboard, and fan coils are common examples of heat distribution. The newest form of distribution is radiant floor heating, which runs tubing underneath the floor to provide total, even comfort.
Hydronic boilers are popular in North America and Northern Europe because of their efficiency. They are an alternative to forced air heating in many aspects. Advantages of hydronic heating are the ability to zone areas and have multiple temperatures of heat. Zoning areas allows for better control of temperatures because similar spaces in a building are kept at different temperatures than others.
Copper piping, although slightly more expensive to install, will save money in the long run based on copper retaining heat for a longer period of time. After the boiler shuts down, heat continues to be emitted because of this retained heat. The piping is also smaller than duct systems and is easily worked into smaller spaces, so it can be disguised and help keep the natural beauty of a home. It may be beneficial to your health because it does not spread dust, mold, or toxins into your household like some forced-air heating systems can. They may also allow more humidity to be maintained in conditioned spaces. Hydronic boilers come in configurations that serve a multitude of applications, are efficient and affordable.
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