hot water (hydronic) heating systems
Sometimes Referred to as Baseboard Heat
Finned-tube baseboard heat is the most common type of hot water heat in the United States. Located close to the floor, finned-tube emitters are usually housed in metal enclosures that have reflective material behind them to encourage heat transfer from the fins or slats to the air passing over them, rather than being lost via conductivity through the cold wall behind it. The hot water pipes emerge from the floor and run directly behind the enclosure with thin, metal slats or fins, placed close together all along the pipe. Heat is transferred from the water to the pipe and ultimately to each of these fins. The fins serve as multiple heat emitters, warming the cold air from below. Mitch The Plumber can provide expert plumbing repair for your hot water heating system. Call Mitch today at (734) 995-5063!
Hot Water Boiler Repair
Hydronic boilers are used in generating heat for residential and commercial purposes. The hydronic boiler operates by way of heating water/fluid to a preset temperature until it boils, turns to steam, and circulates that fluid throughout the home typically by way of radiators, baseboard heaters or through pipes in the floors. The fluid can be heated by any means--gas, wood, fuel oil, etc. The fluid is in an enclosed system and circulated throughout by means of a motorized pump. Most new systems are fitted with condensing boilers for greater efficiency. These boilers are referred to as condensing boilers because they condense the water vapor in the flue gases to capture the latent heat of vaporization of the water produced during combustion. Hydronic systems (hot water heat) are being used more and more in new construction for several reasons.
- They are more efficient and more economical than forced-air systems.
- The baseboard copper pipes and aluminum fins take up less room and use less metal than the bulky steel ductwork required for forced-air systems.
- They provide more even, less fluctuating, temperatures than forced-air systems. The copper baseboard pipes hold and release heat over a longer period of time than air does, so the furnace does not have to switch off and on as much.
- They do not dry out the interior air as much.
- They do not introduce any dust, allergens, mold, or combustion by-products into the living space.
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