Hydronic Heating Fort Collins
If you’re looking for hydronic heating near Fort Collins, Bershinsky Plumbing can help! With years of experience installing this hot water heating system, we can ensure a job well done. We’ll make sure to listen closely to your needs and concerns before beginning to make sure that you understand the process and the product you’ll be receiving. Not only do we listen to your needs, but we’ll make sure to work quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
We also pride ourselves on a job well done. We enjoy completing projects that are up to your standards and will heat your home, driveway, or sidewalks for years to come. Call us today for a free quote on all your in-floor heat needs. We want to make sure that this is an enjoyable experience for you, right from the beginning!
What is Hydronic Heating?
Hot water heating systems are not a new innovation. The first recorded use of this system took place in a monastery located in Greenland during the 14th century. In the late 1700’s, the idea came to France, and was slowly refined in England during the 1800’s. However, the trend slowly died out, until it was revived in the 1920’s.
Today, radiant floor heating systems as we know it are an up and coming trend in new homes and businesses. Plastic pipes are laid inside the concrete slabs that make up your driveway, basement, or sidewalks, and are then connected to a central boiler. These pipes can also be installed beside floor joists, allowing you to heat every story of your home.
Hot water is pumped through these pipes, and you can enjoy even heating throughout the room or house, and tile that isn’t cold to the touch. Additionally, when installed underneath sidewalks or driveways, you won’t have to worry about shoveling snow or laying out snow melt during the winter.
How Does Hydronic Heating Differ From Regular Heating Systems?
Traditional systems generally work by heating air and then forcing it through a series of air ducts until it comes out of one or two vents in a room. This often results in hot or cold spots due to poor air circulation, as well as temperatures that can spike or plummet when the heater turns off. However, radiant heating systems go ahead and provide a nice, even flow of heat that seeps through your floors and into the room.
Not only is the heat provided more even and consistent, but it’s also much more efficient. A typical hydronic heating system has an energy efficiency of nearly 90%, while ducted heat usually sits around 50%. This means that even though you may spend more initially on this in-floor heating option, you’ll save money in the long run, as you’ll be using less electricity and these in-floor heating systems tend to last for 35 years or longer in Fort Collins CO.
Radiant heat also warms your tile or hardwood floors, keeping your feet from freezing during cold mornings and evenings. It’s much more quiet and efficient than a forced air system, as there’s no furnace or vents that rattle and shake every time the heat turns on.
How Much Does It Cost To Install Radiant Heating In Fort Collins, Colorado?
Although radiant floor heating systems are, on average, more expensive than your normal duct heating, it’s not going to break the bank. Typically it’s going to cost around $2,000-$6,000 to install hydronics in your home. This generally depends on the size and difficulty of the project, with an average price of only around $5-$9 per square foot. If you’re looking at installing this hot water heating system in an area that has already been covered by flooring, the price will raise slightly, depending on the type of floor and extent of the project.
Where Can Radiant Heat Systems Be Installed?
While the pipes are generally laid inside concrete slabs beforehand, technology has advanced to the point where we can go ahead and install it underneath any type of flooring or surface. Carpet, hardwood floors, laminates, vinyl, concrete, it doesn’t matter, we can take care of it! Additionally, if you’d like it installed underneath your driveway or sidewalks to melt snow during the winter, we can do that as well. However, we will need to be in contact with your flooring contractors to ensure that adequate space is reserved, and that the correct types of flooring are used, as thick carpet can often create an insulating layer that will reduce the amount of heat being released into the room.