Hydronic baseboard heaters offer a solution to people who do not wish to install a full central heating system in their homes and also those who own small apartments. They come into the market as space heaters that are user-friendly, safe on cost and effective at heating up fixed spaces.
Hydronic baseboard heaters are useful where additional heat is required in a home or to supplement heat to a room where the temporary heat would increase the thermal comfort. There are two main types of baseboard heaters: hydronic baseboard heaters and electric baseboard heaters. The hydronic heaters use water while the electric heaters use convection to circulate air warmed by the electrically heated metal fins.
Hydronic units have been designed for use with heating systems that utilize forced hot water or radiators. A hydronic baseboard heater can offer the user a number of benefits but the best way to gain these benefits is by hiring a professional to install the unit in your home.
There are two types of hydronic baseboard heaters; a self-contained baseboard radiator that does not have to be connected to your boiler, and the other one that is to be connected to your boiler. Both of these units use hot fluid, mostly water, to warm up enclosed spaces.
For the model that is connected to the boiler, hot water is circulated into its inner pipe and heat is released through the baseboard radiators. The water becomes cools when it exits the radiator and returns to the boiler for re-heating to be used in the next cycle.
A self-contained baseboard radiator uses a special fluid that is not circulated in and out; instead, the fluid is held inside the narrow metal tube in the radiator and electrically heated whenever the baseboards thermostat is triggered.
It is important to note that hydronic baseboard heaters are great for allergy sufferers because it uses a radiant heating system. With this type of system, you do not have to worry about swirling dust and pet dander, which is common with the forced type of system.
Another benefit is that hydronic baseboard heaters are quiet in operation, since they do not blow the heat. These units are virtually soundless in operation; therefore, the user does not have to worry about the unit producing noise or disrupting the peace in an indoor environment.
Hydronic baseboard heaters save space in homes. They can be sized in varying lengths without sacrificing a lot of space in the house. Furthermore, these units do not have the bulk that come with larger radiators.
Lastly, Hydronic baseboard heaters are easy to install and have a low surface temperature running cool to the touch. These baseboard heaters are able to generate residual warmth even after they are switched off thus saving on energy and lowering utility bills.