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Hydronic Controls and Valves

A Hydronic system must be correctly balanced in order for the pipes to convey the heated water. The design of a hydronic system is the only difficult factor when using these heating methods. The actual installation is moderately straightforward, though often time consuming.

 

Hydronic Controls and Valves

Hydronic balancing is the process of optimizing the distribution of water in a house’s heating (or sometime cooling) system, equalizing the system pressure so it efficiently provides the intended indoor temperature at a moderate cost.

Smaller hydronic heating system are not too difficult to balance because there are a minimal number of components. Larger systems quickly become more difficult to design and balance. This situation is made more complex because of the limited number of sizes available with hydronic controls and valves.

 

Problems of Poor Balance

If a heating system is unbalanced it will cause some part of the house to receive more heated water than others. Control values can partially rectify this by restricting water to the areas with more flow. But this unfortunately slows down the time taken for the heating effect to work; the faster hydronic sections are slowed down but the slower sections are not sufficiently sped up. An unbalanced system will also force the water pump to work harder, which is a waste of energy.

Correct balancing with proper hydronic controls and valves design allows the system to work neatly and efficiently. The house will heat up evenly, and the running cost will be minimized.

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