How hydronic floor heating actually works!

My friend has been telling me about a heating system that I have never seen before! Apparently hydronic heating systems are all the new rage and a much better alternative to central heaters for many reasons.

I asked her to explain to me how hydronic heaters work.

She said that the first step is that the system needs hot water to produce electricity, so the boiler uses a process called conduction to heat the water in the reservoir. Then, the hot water runs through a piping system that is installed underneath the floor. The hot water produces heat within the flooring itself and then the heat from the floor radiates into the room. She had hydronic heating installed in her home a few weeks ago so she let me come over so I could experience it. If you would have told me a month ago that heat from flooring could warm up a room without burning my feet, I would’ve called you crazy. However, it truly works! I’m pretty sure I’m going to look into this as an option for my home, but I don’t know if it’s too late for my house. I live in a small historic bungalow and it doesn’t seem like this system would be the best fit for it. I love my house, but because the history of it needs to be preserved, I actually have a lot of restrictions on what I can and can’t do with it. I don’t think my next house will be so historic so that I can have more freedom with it.

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