In space-limited homes such as Brooklyn apartments, traditional heating systems may not be the most cost effective solution. One method that is growing in popularity for New York City homes is hydronic heating.
Hydronic heating can distribute warm air evenly and efficiently without the need for larger, traditional water heaters, duct work and air handlers.
Hot water hydronic heating uses radiant heat to regulate room temperature, meaning the need for duct work and fans is eliminated. Hot water is cycled from the heat source to either wall/floor panels or radiators via boiler tubes. A heat source can either be your home’s existing boiler or an add-on boiler that could be mounted virtually anywhere.
Similar to this type of radiant heat, steam heating systems take the temperature intensity even further to pump radiant steam into a room. Temperature differences can increase by more than 30 degrees if you upgrade to a steam heating system.
Because you eliminate the need for duct work and an air handler, your home’s indoor air quality will be greatly improved with hydronic heating. Pollen and dust will no longer be pumped into your home and it provides an even distribution of warm air in every room. Additionally, you can install these systems with a stand-alone baseboard or steam radiator, or hydronic radiant flooring. This literally replaces your flooring or walls with radiant heat providers.
These systems operate virtually unnoticed as well. There are no fans to create noise pollution in your home and no vents to clutter up your living space. Finally, hydronic heating has been shown to provide household comfort at a 20 – 40 percent lower cost than traditional heating systems.
Whether you choose steam or hot water hydronic heating for your Brooklyn home, the return will create a smart investment for you and your loved ones. With a variety of options to make the switch to hydronic heat, it’s important to consult professional hot water heating professionals to pick the method that’s right for you. To find out more about hydronic heating in New York City, call Petri Plumbing and Heating today at 718-748-1254.