If you have ever watched some of SBS’s popular Scandi Noir dramas, you may have noticed how the main players comfortably pad around their homes in t-shirts and bare feet, despite the bitter cold outside. That’s still an alien concept for most Australians who remain very much attached to their dressing gowns and slippers throughout the Winter months. The fact is that Europeans, particularly in the North, do heating incredibly well, and their secret lies in their use of sustainable hydronic heating, and underfloor heating solutions.
Considered the norm in Europe, UK and North America for over four decades, hydronic systems work by heating water and moving it through sealed pipes under the floor and across to radiators placed throughout the home.
With technological advances and modern design principles, hydronic heating is an incredibly healthy, silent and efficient way of heating houses, apartments and commercial properties, including hospitals, schools andoffice buildings.
Thousands of Years in the Making
The history of hydronic heating is fascinating with archeological evidence in Alaska and Asian of underfloor heating dating back to cavemen times with the use of heated floor stones.
As with many inventions, we can thank the ancient Romans and Greeks for developing this primitive system into something resembling what we now know as hydronic heating. They developed the hypocaust system of central heating that used a series of pipes to circulate hot air below floors and into walls to heat their hot baths and other public buildings.
Skipping to the 20th century, we find that it was actually the Americans, rather than the Europeans who were involved in the early development of radiant heat and hydronic systems.
Well-known American architect Frank Lloyd Wright used underfloor heating systems and other integrated wall systems in all his influential designs throughout the 1930s.
By the 1980s, the introduction of plastic tubing and improvements in advanced control systems meant that it became a common way of heating in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, as well as Korea, where it was used in an estimated 80% of residential buildings.
Aussies Realise the Benefits of Hydronic Heating
While Australians are lagging somewhat behind the rest of the world in their use of hydronic heating, increasingly homeowners, architects andbuilders are recognisingthe many health and environmentally friendly benefits of the temperature-controlled system.
With 1 in 9 Australians suffering from asthma (around 2.5 million people), hydronic heating is seen as one of the healthierand safest ways of heating homes because it doesn’t circulate the dust and allergens that aggravate asthma symptoms (such as shortness of breath).
We have come a long way since the hypocaust systems of Roman times, and the ingenuity of hydronic heating continues to evolve to deliver the ultimate comfortable living environment that Australians deserve as much as those in other parts of the world.
Now is a great time to start planning a better heating solution for next Winter. Contact Brinlex Heat to find out more about the many benefits of hydronic heating for you and your family.