Hydronic heat loss in one picture

by Richard Keech


I thought this picture neatly shows the limitations of passive panel-based heating such as hydronic or column heaters. The thermograph shows most of the heat convecting to the ceiling, allowing much of it to be lost before it can reach the occupants of the room. This is one of the main reasons I never recommend hydronic-panel heating.  In-slab hydronic doesn’t have this problem, but it does have other problems.