Hydronic heating

Hydronic Heating

WHAT IS HYDRONIC HEATING and Why Is It Right for Orange County Homes?

Hydronic heating, or radiant floor heating, is an energy-efficient heating system that uses tubes to run hot liquid beneath the floor, along baseboards, or through radiators in the home. With hydronic heating, you have greater control over where you use heat in your home, allowing you to save on your monthly heating bill and lower your environmental impact. Kalka Plumbing, Heating, and Air provide hydronic heating installation throughout Irvine, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, and the rest of Orange County.

Hydronic heating starts with an energy-efficient boiler. The boiler creates high-temperature water that moves in tubes to a plumbing manifold system. The manifold acts as the control center by connecting to the thermostat and directing the correct temperature of water to the heating zones in your home. Each zone can maintain a personalized, steady temperature. Pumps work to circulate newly heated water into the tubing, while cooler water is returned to the boiler to begin its journey again. A hydronic heating system allows for temperature customization while maintaining amazing levels of energy efficiency.

The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

Here’s why Kalka Plumbing, Heating, and Air recommends radiant floor heating for homes in Newport Coast, Corona del Mar, and Coto de Casa:

Energy Efficient – Radiant floor heating systems are more efficient than traditional heating systems because water is a better heat conductor than air, making it easier to use less energy for warmth to be transferred throughout your home. Reduced energy consumption benefits the environment. Additionally, a hydronic system has been shown to cost 20-40% less than traditional heating systems each month.

Comfort & Personalization – With hydronic heating systems, you can personalize the temperature of different zones in your home. The kitchen can be a different temperature than the kids’ room. You can also maintain a more balanced humidity level with hydronic heating because it doesn’t use dry air. Hydronic heating systems are quieter than traditional systems. You won’t hear the system kicking on in the middle of the night.

Health – Traditional heating systems push air around your home stirring up dust and allergens that can cause asthma and discomfort for your family. With hydronic heating systems, this is a nonissue, since it doesn’t require moving air to heat the home.

Southern California is an amazing place to live. With the mild climate, many homes can use hydronic heating alone to meet their heating needs. Kalka Plumbing, Heating, and Air can help plan the installation of hydronic heating to your home in Orange County. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.

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What Clients Say About Us

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We have a rental unit in Dana Point and our tenant called, saying no heat. I called Kalka Heating and Air and Jarrad took my call, and scheduled Ryan to service the unit. Replacing the Furnace Filter was all it needed. We have perfect heat again! I received a call from Vanessa to say there was no charge for the service call. I was so happy to hear this! Thank you's to everyone at Kalka Plumbing and Heating for making my day! And thank you Kevin for running such a straightforward company. This is so much appreciated! Your professionalism shows in your choice of employees and in your work.

- John Gacek

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I have had two plumbing emergencies that they have responded to and repaired right away. They also did a great job replacing my air conditioner and water heater. They are kind and professional, and their work quality is excellent.

- KJ Hummel

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Ryan and his co worker (I forgot his name, sorry!) were a pleasure! They were very careful about putting on shoe coverings and wore masks the entire time. They spent a good amount of time tuning up our AC and furnace. Ryan was very detailed about how everything was running and had a couple of suggestions that would make our system better. We appreciated their professionalism and friendliness. We will take them up on their suggestions. We will definitely use Kalka again!

- Jane Newcombe

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Ryan and his trainee were not just on time for the appt, they were actually a little early! I was so impressed with that! They both were wearing masks and those booties to cover their shoes. They were professional and very friendly. It is always a pleasure doing business with Kalka.

- Liz Thornton

What is Hydronic Heating?

Hydronic heating is a type of heating that uses water as the heat transfer medium. Hydronic heating systems are often more energy-efficient than other types of heating and can be used to provide both space warming and hot water. Hydronic Heating Systems typically consist of a boiler, a pump, an expansion tank, tubing for carrying hot water from one point to another in your home or building, radiators on walls or floors for distributing the heated air or warm water flow to all parts of your home or building.

How does Hydronic Heating work

Hydronic Heating is a type of heating system that uses hot water or steam to heat buildings. It’s the most common form of radiant floor heating, and it works well in colder climates because it can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. 

Hydronic systems are also called “warm-air” or “hot-water” systems since they rely on warm air blown through baseboard radiators or convectors instead of forced air from furnaces. These types of units create an even temperature throughout your home without major temperature fluctuations associated with central/furnace options. 

The heated water circulates pipes delivering warmth directly into individual rooms before returning to the boiler for reheating.

Advantages of Hydronic Heating

Hydronic heating can be better than other types of heating. It is not only efficient, but it also keeps the temperature constant in each room since there are no cold spots or hot spots like with other types of heaters. Adding Hydronics to your home will provide you with many benefits and advantages that you may not have known about before this blog post was written!

  • One big advantage of using hydronic heating for your home is the efficiency aspects of it. A lot less gas or oil needs to be burned through a furnace when compared to forced air systems which mean more money saved on energy bills every month! Not only is this good for our environment but it’s great for our wallets too.     
  • With hydronic heating, there are no cold or hot spots throughout a room which means that the temperature is going to be consistent and comfortable in every single spot of living space you have it installed in! This makes sure everyone has the same level of comfort from their heater which can reduce arguments about who gets control over the thermostat.
  • Another big advantage of using Hydronics for your home is how noninvasive it is when compared to other types of heaters out on the market today. Since all parts needed to use this system are inserted into piping within walls and under floors, little work needs to be done while installing.

Disadvantages of Hydronic Heating 

Hydronic heating is a great option for many homes, but some disadvantages should be considered before you decide to install hydronic heat. The following list covers the most common disadvantages of hydronics:

  • Requires additional piping in your home's structure
  • Expensive installation costs due to increase pipework and pump requirements for circulation
  • Additional energy use from pumps required to circulate water through pipes throughout your home
  • More expensive during initial purchase than electric or gas furnaces because of higher efficiency ratings needed by code regulations

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