Hot Water Boilers - Hydronic Heat
Heating Basics - Hydronics
In hydronic heating, boilers circulate hot water or steam through a system of baseboard heating units, radiators, or in-floor radiant tubing. Baseboard units provide a combination of radiated heat from cast iron surfaces -- like the heat you feel from the sun -- and convected heat from copper fins -- heat that rises through the air. This configuration provides the most quiet, even, and clean heat available.
Boilers have been around since the 1920s, and have recently enjoyed a resurgence as the heating system of choice.
Upgrading Old Equipment
Many homes still rely on late model boilers and furnaces to provide heat. In addition to the reliability issues inherent with older equipment, these systems are significantly less energy efficient than the ones available today.
For example, many old boilers are rated at only 50-55% AFUE, Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, a standard government efficiency rating. In these homes, 45-50 cents of every heating dollar is wasted by system inefficiencies. Compare this to new boiler efficiencies of 84-87%. A new boiler can cut energy costs by 1/3, paying for itself in fuel savings in the first two to three years. And in homes converting from electric to hot water heat, fuel costs can be cut by over 50%.
Oil, Gas and Steam
Hawn Heating and Air Conditioning offers a full array of boilers running on heating oil, gas and steam.