Disadvantages of Hydronic Heating Systems

A principal disadvantage of a hot-water (hydronic) heating system is its initial high installation cost when compared to a forced-warm — air heating system. Other commonly cited disadvantages of hydronic heating are:

• Stagnant air caused by lack of ventilation (air movement) in radiant heating systems not equipped with cooling.

• Comparatively slow heat response.

• Baseboard convectors interfere with furniture placement along walls.

• Condensation in some hydronic cooling systems.

Posted in Audel HVAC Fundamentals Volume 1 Heating Systems, Furnaces, and Boilers


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