Is Hydronic heating safe?
Hydronic Heating is safe for elderly people (as it’s radiant heat, it heats people and objects and is perfect heating for those who are not particularly mobile), children and pets (no circulation of dust and allergens). There is no danger of burns or scalding as the system is fully enclosed with radiator temperatures well below boiling point. The surface temperature of a radiator can be quite hot to touch however, so care should be taken with any individual who may not be able to adequately feel surface temperature and react when coming into contact with the radiator. The surface temperature of natural convectors is pleasantly warm to touch not ever achieving the much higher surface temperature of a radiator and is, therefore, a safe alternative if required.
How much does it cost to install hydronic heating?
To install Hydronic heating with radiators the approximate cost is currently around $1,000.00 – $1,300.00 per radiator fully installed including the cost of a boiler in an average size home (variance depends on the difficulty of installation, individual specifications and size of each home). To install Hydronic slab heating the approximate cost is currently around $56.00 per square metre single pour not including the cost of the boiler. $100.00 per square metre for a double pour (structural pour then screed poured) not including the cost of the boiler.
What makes hydronic heating so economical to operate?
A high efficiency boiler is used to heat water which is then circulated throughout the system by a small pump. Each area can be individually controlled so only the amount of heat needed is used.
Is there any benefit to insulation?
As with all heating, insulation improves the effectiveness by reducing heat loss through walls and ceilings. The boiler is not running as often for a given output, thus saving fuel bills.
What is the EN442 standard? Why is it so important?
WHY THE REFERENCE STANDARD EN442? This measuring standard puts an end to the large number of different values that have previously been used, and provides an accurate reference for comparing different appliances. The 75/65/20 system has been chosen for this reference value. This is a realistic starting point for choosing an appliance that provides sufficient heat with a low water temperature. On exceptionally cold days the water temperature may increase slightly, but for most of the heating season it will be much lower. Obviously this fixed reference level is not always used in practice. Therefore, we are also continuing to give the values for the traditional 90/70/20 system, obviously calculated according to the guidelines of the new EN442 standard.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: This highlights the inconsistencies between different manufacturer’s radiator outputs (based on DELTA T 60°C) not being the same, or even close to the same. IE: (radiators not manufactured and measured to EN442 standard but manufactured and measured under the old out-dated DIN standard, will show inflated outputs by comparison). If radiators are not manufactured and measured to the new EN442 standard the outputs claimed can only be misleading and inflated. Don’t be fooled – as the old saying goes “compare apples with apples”.
REST ASSURED: All radiators brought into Australia and sold by Australian Hydronic Supplies are manufactured to the new EN442 standard in keeping with our commitment to supply only the best quality designed and manufactured products.