Hydronic heating systems offer a number of benefits to homeowners. As opposed to forced air furnaces, boilers often require less installation hassle. Forced air furnaces require large ducts to carry warm air throughout a home, where hydronic boiler systems use much smaller pipes to transmit warm water to a home’s radiators. Also, with advances in boiler technology, many hydronic boiler systems boast thermal efficiencies in the high nineties. The ever-increasing efficiency of hydronic system heating means boilers can save a homeowner money on heating costs.
In opposition to forced air furnaces, hydronic boilers offer the ability to more simply customize heating controls. The nature of forced air heat means, without additional components and extra installation, all areas of the home must receive the same amount of heat. This works in opposition to the way we most often use our homes. No matter what the home, there tends to be a room or rooms which receive more use and therefore require more heat.
Zone valves and zone valve control within a hydronic heating system allows a homeowner to set differing temperatures in different rooms. If the living room and bedroom receive the most use, temperatures can be set higher, leaving lower temperatures in the little-used guest bedroom. In this way, zone valve controls both increase a home’s utility and reduce heating costs.
Even for homes built with single zone hydronic systems, zone valves can easily be retrofitted into the existing system. This offers another benefit over forced air heating. Retrofitting zone technology onto a forced air furnace is complicated and fraught with inefficiencies.