A Close Look at Different Types of Hydronic Heating Systems

It is a great experience to come home to a warm, comfortable place. To keep it that way, you’ll need a reliable home heating system to keep the temperature where you want it. 

One cost-effective home heating option is hydronic heating. It is a form of home heating system that makes use of hot water. 

Defining Hydronic Heating System

Any heating system that employs hot water to warm an area is known as a hydronic heating system. Radiators, under-floor tubing, and heat exchangers are all examples of this. Baseboard, radiant hydronic floor, and hydro-air heating are the three common types of hydronic heating systems.

Understanding How Hydronic Heating Works

The water in a hydronic system is heated in the furnace or boiler. The hot water is then delivered throughout the home through insulated pipes and a specially constructed pumping system. The hot water is then circulated via radiators, which produce heat. When required, you may use the same hot water for bathing and other purposes.

In the case of a power outage, hydronic heating may be used in conjunction with standard fuel-based furnaces to keep your house warm. Several components regulate elements such as water pressure and temperature to prevent the impacts of increasing pressure, such as water pounding. Insulation along the pipes ensures that heat is discharged.

Different Types of Hydronic Heating Systems

The most common hydronic heating systems operate slightly differently:

  • Baseboard Hydronic Systems 

It is also known as hot water baseboards. Metal fins enclose a hot water line on the baseboard units, which radiate heat into the room.

  • Hydronic Radiant Floor Systems 

Plastic tubes may be hidden under the completed floor’s surface using this approach. As hot water travels through the pipes, it acts as a giant radiator, heating the whole floor. Hot water is pumped under the final floor surface using plastic tubing. It doesn’t operate well in rooms with floor-to-ceiling carpeting.

  • Hydro-Air Heating 

You will need ductwork and an air handler for this system. The air handler has a heat exchanger to which hot water is pumped. 

The heat exchanger heats the air, which is subsequently pumped throughout the home through ducts. Hydro-air systems are often less expensive than hydronic radiant floor heating, and because of the ducting, they may also offer air cooling.

We’ve covered the most typical kind of hydronic system, which uses radiators to heat your house. Here are other heating options available for your home.

  • Another system makes use of steam or hot air. This, however, necessitates the use of a particular sort of pump to ensure that heat is dispersed correctly. Installation of these systems is possible with existing boilers and furnaces.
  • Vents are used in another sort of hydronic system to disperse hot air that has been created by hot water.

You may also use subfloor systems to deliver radiant heat. The floor is kept heated by a network of pipes placed under the floorboards. This technique is beneficial in compact houses where radiators may take up a lot of room. It is also suitable for single-story dwellings since the increasing heat may be insufficient for the higher levels. Subfloor systems, as opposed to hydronic systems with radiators, may need additional installation labor.


Hydronic heating is a cost-effective method of providing clean, pleasant, and comfortable heat throughout your house. Instead of heating and blowing hot air around your house, it warms the liquid inside its system before distributing and radiating the heat. Also called radiant heating systems, they may be put on floors or through baseboard hydronic heaters or radiators to distribute the heat properly.

For superior hydronic service, contact Air 1 Heating & Cooling. We provide hydronic heating options, including hydronic heating, radiator heating, and baseboard heating for clients in Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, and Chatham. Contact us today for a free estimate!