At LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing, we execute sophisticated projects for a variety of clients. Our services include installation, service, and repair for hydronic products. We have installed hydronics for Sonoma-Cutrer, Sonoma Grapevines, and Sonoma Mountain Brewing.

There are numerous benefits of using radiant heating or hydronics for your commercial and residential buildings. We design and build our systems around the needs of our clients. If you are considering upgrading your heating system, consider hydronic heating.

What is Hydronics?

Hydronics are a type of heating system that uses water. The system composes of a boiler and pipes to run the hot water throughout the building. This form of radiant heating creates a more comfortable environment within the building. Water, which is a better conductor than air, is circulated through the building and reheated when it returns to the boiler. By using hydronics as opposed to a central air unit, there is much less loss of heat.

What are the benefits of Hydronics?

The benefits of having a hydronic heating system include energy savings and comfort.

Energy Savings

  • Costs – The upfront cost of a hydronic heating system is more than a forced-air system. However, over time, the hydronic system will save in energy costs. A hydronic system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 4%. As the water only loses some of its warmth, it uses less fuel to reheat.
  • Temperature – A hydronic system better maintains the temperature of the building. Since radiant heating heats the building rather than the air, it allows it’s residents to feel warmer at lower temperatures.
  • Efficiency – A hydronic system includes a plumbing manifold that acts as a control center; this helps to provide warmth and comfort for each room.
  • Water as a Conductor – Hydronic heat warms the objects and people in the building. Due to this, a hydronic system loses less heat through doors, windows, and heat distribution than forced-air systems

Comfort

  • Multi-Zone – With a hydronic heating system, you can have a custom temperature for each room. It is controlled by the plumbing manifold, which directs the water temperature to each zone of the building.
  • Consistent Warmth – With hydronics, the floor radiates heat as opposed to air ducts, which frequently have poor air circulation, producing hot or cold spots. The radiant heating heats the floors and walls, meaning that the temperature can be maintained for a longer time.
  • Reduces the Presence of Allergies – A central air system blows air throughout the building, which stirs up allergens and dust. With the heat coming through air filters and ducts, it is vital to keep these areas clean. A forced-air system can impact your family or employee’s heat. With hydronics, the building is being heated as opposed to the air.
  • Minimal Noise Levels – Hydronics is a relatively noiseless operation in which the noise is only coming from the water boiler.

The Difference Between HVAC and Hydronic HVAC

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. For all HVAC systems, the goal is to provide a comfortable temperature for the occupants. With a Hydronic HVAC system, water is the conductor for energy, which heats the building much more evenly and efficiently than a forced-air system.

A forced-air system uses a furnace to heat the air through ducts. Air, being a much less effective conductor of heat, loses it heats much quicker. With the warm air circulating through the ducts, it not only creates noise in the building but leads to cold spots within the building. Hydronic heating systems heat water from a boiler, sending the chosen temperature throughout the house. This silent operation heats the building evenly and consistently. The comfort provided by hydronics is unmatched.

A reliable heating system is a necessity, especially in the colder months. As a plumbing contractor company since 1982, we have the experience and expertise for any commercial and residential projects – no matter the size.

Contact us for more information on our professional hydronic services.