20 Hydronic Heating Systems

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One of the simplest methods of heating a room is to pass warmed water through pipes in that room.  If the ambient temperature in that room is lower than that of the water in the pipes, they will release some of that stored heat energy. If the water did not move, it would quickly reach equilibrium with the room and no more heat transfer would occur. By constantly cycling fresh, warm water through the pipes, and carrying away the cooled water, an energy transfer can take place, with water as the medium that carries the energy.

This system would require an external heating source, such as a gas-fired boiler or an electric boiler to heat the water. Once the water has collected this stored thermal energy, it is then cycled through the system, transferring heat energy in the desired locations. Radiators are usually installed near windows and points of high heat loss to release the stored energy.

A hydronic heating system pumps cool water through a boiler, through a radiator, and back to the boiler to heat up again.
Hydronic heating system.


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