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Hydronic Heating Choices

Hydronic Heating Choices


One of the major features of hydronic heating is its versatility. The range of solutions available from Heritage Heating ensures that any home can take advantage of the efficiency, comfort and style of a hydronic system. While each method heats your home through the delivery of hot water, the way in which heat is delivered can slightly vary.


While often thought of as a luxury addition, underfloor hydronic heating is actually a very practical addition to any new home. If you want to learn more about the various options for hydronic heating in Melbourne, then talk to the team at Heritage Hydronic Heating about the relative merits of hydronic slab heating, in screed heating, heat diffusion plates, or under tile electric heating.


Hydronic slab heating is the cheapest and most common method of under floor heating. Premium hydronic pipes are laid in carefully pre-planned patterns to suit your home, and zoned accordingly. Compared to the more expensive in screed option, the one downside to slab heating is that the heat is diffused through the entire slab. This means that some of the heat travels down away from your home, and more energy is required to warm your flooring to the desired temperature.


In screed heating is a different method of slab heating. It is installed after half of the slab has been laid, and includes a layer of insulation between the bottom of the slab and the hydronic heating pipes. This method provides less heat loss to the slab compared to traditional slab heating, and is more efficient to run. However, in screed heating is more expensive to install than traditional slab heating.


Heat diffusion plates are laid between floor joists, and provide a great option for underfloor heating when slabs are not an option. Hydronic heat plates can also be used to provide underfloor heating for two storey homes.

Hydronic pipes are laid in grooves built into the heat plates, and the plates are laid over the floor joists. Heat radiates from the hydronic pipes and is diffused via the heat plates to provide even heat distribution.


If a hydronic system is not suitable for your home but you are still looking for the luxury of a warm floor, then electric under tile heating might be for you. This is also a great option for renovations as only the floor surface needs to be replaced to facilitate installation. The electric heating element is placed directly over the subfloor and your tiles are simply laid over the top.

Under tile heating is best suited for small areas such as bathrooms and ensuites.