Hydronic heating systems are systems that circulate water or antifreeze for heating. Hydronic heating systems are closed loop systems, so the same fluid is heated and reheated again and again. In cold weather applications these systems use antifreeze solutions so the fluid does not freeze. Hydronic heating systems typically consist of a boiler or district heat exchanger, hot water circulating pumps, piping for fluid distribution, and a fan coil or radiator. Most commonly hydronic systems are used in commercial settings and whole house radiant floor projects; these systems are not commonly used in the case of “spot warming” applications.
Solar Hydronic systems use solar energy collected from the sun in roof top collectors to heat potable domestic hot water as well as whole house radiant heating systems. Glycol and drain back systems are the two types of solar hydronic systems commonly used.
In areas of the country where this type of solar heating is not enough to heat the whole house, solar is a great option to supplement your more conventional furnace or boiler. You can reduce fuel consumption from 10 to 90 percent through solar heating systems. Variables are great with these solar applications, the number of roof top collectors, sun and shade factors, and climate variances as well as the system size and more, can all play a significant role in the results you’ll see.
Climate Control Resources is the right choice when it comes to solar hydronic systems. We’ll put our knowledge and experience to work for you, helping you determine the benefits of these systems and how they can impact you personally.