Almost every home in the country is equipped with some type of HVAC system. One excellent choice for your central heating and air conditioning needs is the hydronic air handler. These systems typically incorporate closed loop hot water and refrigerant lines. Air is forced over the heated or cooled coils, exchanging the temperature to either warm or cool the air. The air is then delivered through your existing ductwork to the rest of your home. Hydronic air handlers have several features that make them more appealing than a traditional gas or electric furnace and air conditioner.
Hydronic air handlers can provide both heating and cooling from the same unit. This can eliminate the need for separate furnaces and air conditioners, and also reduce the time consuming maintenance and upkeep of two systems.
A key feature of the hydronic air handler is its compact size. Hydronic systems are much smaller than traditional furnaces as they can be self-contained, closed systems.
A prime benefit of a hydronic air handler is the increased efficiency over a traditional gas or electric furnace. Hydronics are usually run more frequently resulting in fewer standby losses, sediment buildup, or system corrosion.
No gas, no fumes, no vents, no high pressure steam, and no need for a separate cold air intake. Hydronic systems easily trump traditional furnaces in terms of safety.
Ties Into Existing System
While some hydronic air handlers are stand-alone systems, you can often find models that can tie into your existing water heating system. This could be especially handy for home with a tankless water system for the gains in efficiency. This also eliminates the need to refurbish ductwork or add new venting and intakes prior to installing your hydronic air handler.