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Three articles of interest for consumers regarding frequently arising questions about hydronic heating systems:

Ten reasons hydronic contractors say hot water is the best home heating alternative.

  1. Most economical - lowest overall cost
  2. Greatest Comfort
  3. Clean & Quiet
  4. Simplicity
  5. Flexibility - design freedom
  6. Long life
  7. Carefree service
  8. Expandability
  9. Safety
  10. Most options

1. Most economical - lowest overall cost

a) Natural gas fuel used in hot water heating will lower monthly fuel heating bill over most electric heating.

b) Zoning allows heating flexibility - which rooms to heat, which not. Saving fuel dollars over hot air systems

c) Hi-efficiency options in sophisticated and reliable electronic controls to save more fuel

d) Waste heat loss through piping is less than hot air duct systems so continuing monthly savings quickly pay for any additional system cost, continue to save you money on every monthly bill and add value to your home for resale.

e) No ducts to clean, no filters to change.

f) Long life on boilers and components

2. Greatest Comfort

a) Hot water is even, no hot and cold spots as it radiates from baseboard or floor piping.

b) It is automatic and can be clock controlled.

c) It is zoned, allowing different rooms at different temperatures - customized temperature levels.

d) It does not dry out the air as does electric heat.

e) It does not spread dust and dirt through ducts.

f) It is virtually silent. No fan noises or ducts creaking and vibrating with every cycle of the furnace.

3. Clean & Quiet

a) airborne dust and dirt is not spread through ducts from basement. Easy on allergies as dust and airborne allergens are not carried by heating system.

b) Ceiling will not be discoloured as is possible with electric radiant systems.

c) Walls are not discoloured above baseboard or ducts.

4. Simplicity

a) design is not complicated. Boiler heats water and pump circulates heated water through pipe to rooms and back to boiler.

b) Heat radiates from baseboard or radiant units evenly through room.

5. Flexibility-design freedom

a) drapes need not stop 6" above baseboard as in electric systems but can go virtually floor to ceiling.

b) ducts are not used and do not take up space or intrude into rooms, closets, ceilings. Piping runs are hidden in walls, floors.

c) Furniture can be arranged without concern for blocking vent openings or proximity to baseboard.

d) Light placement is not hindered by electric ceiling radiant panels.

6. Long life

a) Hot water systems are time tested, in use for over 100 years

b) Hot water heating components will generally outlast forced air components and require less maintenance.

7. Carefree service

a) Trained service people are readily available

b) Components require minimal maintenance: no ducts to clean, no filters to change, no fan belts to replace.

8. Expandability

a) System can normally easily be extended to accommodate minor additions by adding further run of pipe and baseboard, in most instances.

b) No worry of duct placement

c) Can easily add domestic hot water, swimming pool heat and whirlpool spas.

9. Safety

a) Less chance of fire from hot electric baseboard setting off drape/furniture/other flammable material.

b) Multiple built in safety features ensure automatic operation & peace of mind.

10. Most options

a) You can heat hot water for domestic use instead of using hot water tank if a heat exchanger is installed.

b) Special boilers available with dual fuel capabilities to burn wood or coal as available, with back up gas/oil/electric fuel source and automatic switch-over if desired.

c) Swimming pools and whirlpool spas can be heated off same house heating boiler with use of heat exchanger.

d) Can easily facilitate addition of solar heating.

e) Can adapt to driveway snow/ice melting.

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