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What Are Hydronics?

Hydronics, or heating with water, consists of a compact boiler, fired by propane, natural gas, electricity, oil or wood. The fuel source heats water, which is distributed to a network of piping to energy emitting radiant devices, such as: baseboards, panel rads, cast iron rads, unit heaters, or under floor tubing.

Hydronic heating is drastically more efficient than other forms of heating systems. High efficiency hydronic equipment qualifies for eco-energy grants available through Natural Resources Canada; please visit www.ecoaction.gc.ca and follow the links to eco-energy retrofit for more information.

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Boilers
Boilers provide hot water or steam for industrial processes, for heating spaces and for hot water. A wide range of types and sizes of boilers meet the varied needs of residential, commercial and industrial heating applications.

Boiler life is approximately 25 years, so it is essential to consider both long-term fuel and maintenance costs along with initial capital costs when buying or retrofitting. Fuel costs for a new high-efficiency model can be up to 40% lower than for a conventional one. Over 25 years, this can be a great savings. In many cases, simply retrofitting an existing boiler can improve efficiency by 20% or more.

We offer a full line of boiler options from several manufacturers. The line of mid-efficiency boilers include: copperfin, cast iron, natural or induced draft; with single stage or dual stage firing.

The line of high efficiency boilers include: stainless steel, aluminum, modulating fuel consumption and condensing (for low design temperature application).

Boilers, at either level of efficiency, are more compact than furnaces, do not require bulkheads for ductwork, and operate reliably and quietly without the possibility of airborne contamination associated with other forms of heating.

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Radiators
We offer a wide variety of radiators, to fit any application, including cast iron, panel, baseboard and industrial unit heaters.

The evolution of radiators has come a long way in recent years. Compact and innovative designs allow radiators to be incorporated into your home or office design where functionality and esthetics meet the silence and efficiency that you have come to expect from traditional cast iron rads.

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What Is Radiant Floor?
Homeowners or business owners should consider the benefits of investing a little more in a heating system that will produce savings in the long run and offer them a return on their investment. In fact, the concept of heating the floor from below has been used for centuries. Today, radiant floor heating circulates warm water through specially designed PEX tubing installed underneath the floor turning it into a warm, mild radiator. Heat is kept where it is needed most - at the floor. This keeps you warmer at a lower thermostat setting, increasing your comfort and saving energy.

Is Radiant Floor Heating More Expensive Than The Alternatives?
Radiant floor heating is slightly more expensive to install than other heating methods, but the benefits make it worth the additional cost. Not only will radiant floor heating keep you more comfortable than any other heating system, but it will increase the value of your home or building, and save you money on your monthly heating bill. Most people do not hesitate to spend a little bit more money to upgrade their windows or wood floors, but think little about the comfort system in their home or commercial project. Shouldn't your comfort be a high priority? The benefits of radiant floor heating are definitely worth the extra money.

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Snowmelt
Snowmelt systems, also called "heated driveways," are a technological alternative to shoveling, salting, snowplowing, snowblowing and other snow-removal methods. With most snowmelt systems, tubing is run under the driveway (and walkways, patios and porch steps, too, if you like). Heated water is pumped through the tubing. The water in snowmelt systems is mixed with an anti-freeze (glycol). Heat radiates up from the tubing to the surface of your driveway, melting away snow and ice.

The benefits of a snowmelt system are numerous. Homeowners can avoid the work of shovelling, the environmental hazards of salting, the expense of plowing and the worry of icy surfaces throughout the winter. It works so that you don't have to.

Commercially, snowmelts are solutions to the headaches of underground parking ramps, car washes, entrance steps and parking lots. Snow and ice removal has never been so easy, and avoids costly maintenance contracts. It also prolongs the surface life because snowmelt does not allow frost to penetrate the surface.


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