When you’re looking into a new heating system for your Dayton home, two options you’ll find include forced air and hydronic systems. These systems can keep your home warm in different ways. Comparing forced air vs hydronic systems can help you determine which one would work best in your home.
How They Work
Forced air systems use heated air to warm up your home. These systems pull in air, warm it up with the use of a heat chamber, and send it throughout your home.
Hydronic systems use heated water from your boiler to keep your home warm. These heating systems distribute hot water or steam through pipes to different parts of your home. Radiators or baseboard heaters pull heat from this water to warm up each room.
When it comes to the cost of installation, forced air heating systems typically cost less than hydronic systems. With a hydronic system, installation includes putting a heat exchanger in different rooms in your home. You might also need to have plumbing installed to accommodate this heating system.
While comparing forced air vs hydronic systems, it’s important to take home comfort into consideration. Forced air heating systems don’t always heat homes evenly. You might have certain areas that feel colder or hotter than others. With hydronic heating systems, you’re more likely to have even heating throughout your home. This can make your home feel more comfortable all winter long.
Having energy-efficient heating helps lower your energy bills during winter. Since water is able to transfer heat more efficiently than air, hydronic systems tend to offer more energy efficiency overall. This can vary based on different factors, though, such as the age and condition of your boiler or furnace. Keep in mind that newer forced air heating and hydronic heating systems typically offer improved energy efficiency compared to older systems.
If you need a new heating system, please contact Detmer and Sons for help choosing the right one for your Dayton home.