“I became involved with hydronics in 1995, when I went to work for my father’s company selling Infloor Heating Systems as a manufacturer’s representative,” said Michael Willburn, president, Infloor Heating Systems, Buena Vista, Colorado. “I also worked for a wholesale supply company that was heavily involved with hydronic heating. I performed heat-loss calculations on radiant projects and designed the hydronic heating systems for both radiant applications and hydronic baseboard applications. There’s a large demand for hydronic products in our market. Since we’re based in Colorado, and many of the homes in Colorado do not require cooling due to their geographic location, it’s made for a very strong hydronic heating market.”
Infloor President Michael Willburn recently talked with Nick Kostora of ACHR News about the important factors for hydronic prospects, and more. The big question for most contractors is whether hydronics will be a viable addition to their businesses, especially considering first-cost obstacles that may seem too steep to overcome.
“The transition to hydronic heating from HVAC is quite easy, in my opinion,” said Willburn. “We are still performing heating and cooling calculations before a project starts. Whether you’re moving air or water, many of the same laws apply. We’ve found that many of our geothermal customers have become very good hydronics professionals. Many of our HVAC customers have made the transition to hydronics and continue to do both HVAC and hydronics in many parts of the country due to the need for cooling. A large amount of combined radiant heating and HVAC [forced-air] systems are being considered.”
According to Willburn, getting over the first cost of a system is the biggest obstacle to hydronics becoming more popular. This is because the initial upfront cost can be higher than traditional systems.
Infloor president Michael Willburn (pictured left) is known to personally visit job sites to offer his expertise.
“However, this is offset with a much higher operating efficiency,” said Willburn. “Many hydronics systems operate at a much lower cost than traditional forced-air systems. The hydronics systems typically require little maintenance and will normally last the lifetime of the structure. I’ve seen more demand for good hydronic systems as the evolution of radiant floor heating has progressed.”
The story also includes interviews with Watts Water Technologies, and others, and is full of great information about how to transition into hydronic heating.
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