HYDRONIC HEATING DESIGN, LLC
“Hydronic” refers to the use of water as the heating medium, moving heat from the heat source (boiler, heat pump, even solar) to the heated structure. It is the heating system of choice throughout Europe where energy has been historically more expensive.
Beyond efficiency, an added benefit is the comfort of a radiant heating system vs. conventional forced air. Heat is where it is needed and it is quiet. When considering Life-Cycle cost a hydronic system could actually be the less expensive system. We have updated systems that were more than 40 years old. Today’s equipment has only gotten better and more efficient. Use our website to check out what is possible!
Designing high performance hydronic heating systems involves a knowledge of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and control theory. We have that expertise.
We specialize in energy consultation and system design for residential and light commercial installation.
Our focus is the system’s end-user, the owner and operator - YOU!
Our starting point is your drawing package and your preferences as detailed on the "Project Design Survey" downloadable under our Terms and Conditions tab. We work with you and your architect and contractor to achieve a balanced, cost-effective and well-engineered mechanical system as our end product. Engineered for comfort, reliability, ease of maintenance and minimum energy use.
Prior to mechanical system design, we evaluate building energy use. This is termed the Heat-Lost or Load Calculation and is based on information from the drawing package and load calculation software. From this base load we can look at upgrades to the building package (insulation, windows, etc) in terms of dollars per year energy savings for your consideration. (Note: We rather like the Pretty Good House concept, highlighted under the More...Other Resource tab.)
At this time we also look at energy options for the building location. Natural Gas, Propane, Electrical – Resistive Heating such as an Electric Boiler or Hydronic Heat Pump. We have included at a downloadable Heating Fuel Calculator spreadsheet for your use under the Energy Source tab. A number of fuels and pricing considered here, even Biomass (cord wood or pellets), Heat Pumps (air source or ground source). The spreadsheet allows comparing of fuels in terms of cost per mmBTU's delivered to the building.
In most areas Natural Gas is generally the fuel of choice for heating if available. Another good option to consider is a Heat Pump. Heat Pumps based on hydronics are extremely efficient heat generators and have the added benefit of providing cooling in the summer. Not only does one achieve efficient cooling, a side benefit can be free domestic hot water from the rejected heat.