Advanced Hydronics, Inc. Hydronic or Radiant Heat

Advanced Hydronics, Inc. Hydronic or Radiant Heat

What system should I use?

Congratulations on your choice of radiant heat for your home or office. Radiant heat is simply the best. It offers unsurpassed comfort, great flexibility with respect to architectural design and furnishings, and it is environmentally responsible. Advanced Hydronics, Inc. custom designs every system to suit the conditions in which it will be used. Our flexibility, creativity, and years of experience guarantee that the system we design for you will be the best possible solution.

You will experience:

  • Complete comfort regardless of outside temperatures
  • Silent, efficient operation
  • A draft and dust-free, hypoallergenic environment
  • Increased re-sale value in your home or commercial building

We at Advanced Hydronics, Inc. believe that in-floor radiant heating is ultimately the best system available today. It is generally used in new construction and additions because it literally is installed in the floor. Specialized tubing is set into either specifically designed sub-floor decking, or 1 lightweight gypsum concrete.

Radiant walls and ceilings are an excellent solution for situations where walls and or ceilings are being built, moved, or changed, and access to the framework is available. Radiant walls and ceilings are much like radiant floor heating in that they create a radiator out of the partial or complete panel, providing rich, even, comfortable temperatures throughout the room.

Radiators are used in both new construction and remodeling projects. They can be the exclusive heat emitter or be used in conjunction with any of the other system types we offer. Radiators are ideally suited to virtually any set of conditions. They can be individually controlled allowing for total flexibility with respect to zoning and comfort.

Hot water baseboard can also be used in a variety of circumstances including new construction and remodeling projects. Like radiators, baseboard units can be individually controlled, and they offer an economical solution to your heating needs.

radiant floor heating

Advanced Hydronics, Inc. considers radiant floor heating to be the best heating system possible. By creating a radiator out of the entire floor surface, the surfaces of all objects in the room, including people, are gently warmed. The air in the room is also warmed. The results in terms of comfort are unsurpassed. Because the floor and other inanimate surfaces are warmed, the rate of heat loss on the part of the occupants is largely eliminated. The occupant feels neither too warm nor too cold. This is comfort. Air temperatures at the floor are slightly warmer than at the ceiling, yielding two significant results. One is that with air temperatures slightly lower at head level than at the feet, most people generally feel more alert. The second is that less heat is lost through the ceiling and roof, which means energy savings and lower operating costs. Operating costs are also mitigated because boilers are able to heat with lower water temperatures. Additionally, rooms are comfortable at lower air temperatures, air temperatures are less stratified, and air is not pressurized, meaning there is less warm-air leakage.  Radiant floor heating does not limit placement of furniture and dйcor. It is also silent, clean, and hypo-allergenic. Dust, germs, and odors are not circulated throughout the building. The system is thermally luxurious and aesthetically elegant. Radiant floor heating can be installed several ways: in-floor concrete or lightweight gypsum slab, in specialized sub-floor decking, under the floor using tubing and aluminum heat transfer plates, and under the floor using suspended tubing. The choice depends upon which is the best solution for the existing or new building, cost considerations, and accessibility.

radiant wall and ceiling heating

Because radiant heat travels in any direction, radiant wall and ceiling heating is very useful and practical. The same principles utilized in floor systems apply to walls and ceilings in that hot water is circulated through tubing behind the finished surface and the entire area then becomes a radiator. This method is particularly appropriate when access to the floor is restricted or not available, such as slab-on-grade construction, and certain retrofit and remodeling situations. Radiant wall and/or ceiling systems are an excellent solution when a room has carpet and pad or some other thermally resistive finished floor. Some rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms, have much of the floor occupied by base cabinets, islands, fixtures, appliances, and other objects that reduce the useable portion of the floor compared to the room as a whole. These rooms usually have largely unobstructed ceilings that provide ample heat to the room. The heat is absorbed by objects below, such as the floor, countertops, bath, shower surfaces, and occupants.

flat panel radiant heating (steel panel radiators)

Flat panel radiators distribute both convected and radiant heat. As with radiant floors, walls and ceilings, heat is radiated away from the panel and warms anything it can see. Walls, furniture, people, and anything else in the area, absorb the radiant energy given off by the radiator. At the same time, air passes through the panel, absorbs heat, and is lifted into the room. Cooler air is drawn in at the bottom, being heated as it moves upward, and a convective circle of imperceptibly moving air is created. The result is an incredibly comfortable heat. Radiant panels have other benefits as well. They can be controlled individually, allowing for zoning and even-temperature distribution. This is particularly meaningful in south-facing rooms with large expanses of glass, which may be warmer during the day and cooler at night than other rooms in the building. Panel radiators are quick, responsive, and quiet. They are an excellent solution for situations where in-floor radiant or wall/ceiling radiant is not practical, such as certain types of construction, and certain retrofit and remodeling applications. Panel radiators can add to the overall appearance of a space, and are also available in architectural configurations, acting as space dividers, benches, and accents.  Radiant panels offer flexibility with respect to furniture placement and other dйcor, and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Radiant panels are the standard in many parts of Europe and Britain. Advanced Hydronics, Inc. uses only state of the art European-made panels. Like radiant floor heating systems, radiant panel systems are silent, clean, and hypo-allergenic. Dust, germs, and odors are not circulated throughout the building. These systems too, are thermally luxurious and work in a wide variety of applications.

hot water baseboard heating

Hot water baseboard utilizes conduction and convection principles to deliver heat to a room. Hot water is piped to the baseboard unit, which is a copper pipe with a series of square aluminum fins around it, and a decorative sheet metal cover that has vents at the top and the bottom. The heat in the water conducts through the copper pipe, into the aluminum, which is an excellent conductor, and is then absorbed by the air around it. Since heated air rises, it flows out of the vent at the top and cooler air is drawn in through the bottom. This effect creates an imperceptible cycle of moving air, rising up an away from the unit, outwards, then downwards, and then back into the unit. It is quiet, dust and draft free, and hypo-allergenic. The result is a very comfortable, evenly heated room. Hot water baseboard heating systems provide an excellent solution for situations where access to the underside of the floor is restricted, and/or rooms with a thermally restrictive floor covering such as carpet and pad. This system is well suited for new construction, remodeling, and retrofit applications.

heated towel bars

What could be more luxurious than stepping out of the shower or bath and wrapping yourself in a heated towel? Some flat panel radiators double as towel warmers, and towel warmers are also available as separate fixtures. A wide variety of styles and colors is available to fit your specific needs. Towel warmers circulate the same hot water that is going to all of the other radiant heat elements of the system. Installation is therefore not complicated, and the result provides a wonderful, luxurious experience.

boilers and domestic hot water

Advanced Hydronics, Inc. is recognized as the regional leader in radiant heat technology and systems. We design every system specifically for the particular application. Therefore we use a variety of different boiler manufacturers depending on the application. All of the boilers we use are the best available on the market today, and are made in both Europe and the United States. Another important benefit of boiler-based heat is in producing domestic hot water. Most of our systems are designed to do just this. We exchange the heat from the boiler and use it to create your hot water supply. This system eliminates the need for a gas-fired or electric water heater. Advantages of indirect hot water heating include faster tank recovery effectively increasing the availability of the supply. Indirect tanks are also available in larger volumes so any hot water load can be met. And as a bonus, most manufacturers provide limited lifetime warranties on their tanks so longevity is exceptional.

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