• Canadian Hydronics Council
  • Industrial Pipe, Valve & Fittings Council
  • Plumbing Industry Advisory Council

General FAQ

How much does a hydronic system cost?

IT DEPENDS! Although there are some rules of thumb for standard installations of radiant heating systems, most jobs usually have a unique twist involved in order for the installed product to work effectively. Obviously, a large job of 2000 square feet of heated area will be less cost per square foot than a small powder room of 40 square feet. Instead of guessing the price per square foot for an installed job, phone a professional hydronic heating installer for a quote for your job.

How does hydronic radiant heat transfer to the room?

The energy in a hydronic radiant heating system is distributed by water through a network of pipes or tubing in or under the floor.

Where can I install radiant heat in my house?

You can install radiant heat in any or all rooms of your home. A qualified installer can assess your personal needs and requirements to determine the best hydronics system for you.

What are the benefits of installing a hydronic system versus a conventional forced air system?

Overall comfort and diversity are the main benefits of a hydronics comfort package. Once a central boiler is installed you can add on the following equipment:
  • Architectural versatility
  • Energy and economic Efficiency
  • Healthier air

Can I install radiant floor heating myself?

No, it is not recommended - there is too much at stake. Most manufacturers of radiant floor tubing have extensive product warranties that require a trained, certified installer to install the product in order for the warranty to take effect. If you are the handy type, it would be better to find a friendly professional installer who won’t mind you helping out.

I am having an addition put on my home and the contractor wants to take out all my old radiators and replace my hot water boiler with a forced air furnace. What can I do?

Builders are busy putting additions on homes with hot water heating. Instead of tearing out the existing radiators and replacing them with forced air, smart builders are adding modern panel radiators, towel warmers and radiant floor heating to supply the same quiet comfort you have come to expect from your hot water (hydronic) heating system.

How do I add air conditioning and ancillary items like humidifiers and air cleaners?

There are a variety of methods to cool a home that does not have ductwork. The first is a high velocity system that uses small diameter insulated ductwork located in the attic spaces and through closets to distribute the cool air. Second, there is a ductless split air conditioner that has a typical outdoor condensing unit, but the inside unit is a compact, very quiet indoor high wall cooling unit that is controlled by an infra-red thermostat. Finally, a boiler can supply heat to a hot water air handler that connects to the ductwork and therefore, you can add air conditioning, humidifiers and air cleaners.