Web Site Offers Insider's Look At Hydronic Heating

Now that winter is almost over, consumers should consider replacing or upgrading their heating systems while they have time to research what system is right for them. Federal and state tax credits and rebates for highly energy efficient products make this a good time for upgrades.

A new Web site developed by the Hydronics Industry Alliance, www.myhomeheating.org, is designed to make it easy for consumers, builders and remodelers, architects and engineers, and HVAC professionals to obtain information on hydronic heating equipment.

The heart of a hydronic system is a boiler. Today's boilers are small, quiet and highly energy efficient. Many are ENERGY STAR® rated, and the most highly efficient can qualify homeowners for a tax credit of 30 percent of the total cost of the product plus installation, up to a $1,500 maximum cap per homeowner, provided they are installed before the end of 2010. These credits are in addition to those that might be available through state governments and utilities.

Today's boilers efficiently supply the hot water used to provide gentle, even radiant heat from beneath a floor or from baseboard units. They can also be used in conjunction with high velocity air conditioning units as a complete, high efficiency heating and cooling package.

In addition to accessing product information, consumers can visit www.myhomeheating.org to find certified installers. By clicking on the "Industry Links" tab and scrolling down to "NATE," the certifying organization for HVAC professionals, consumers can quickly and easily find certified installers by ZIP code.

And, there is more ... new videos and detailed power point presentations. These can be found on the front Web site page. Just click on "Power Point Presentations" and you can see homes that have been built with radiant floor systems, installed with high velocity air conditioning and how new boilers can be used in remodeling jobs in a 1904 Renaissance Revival town home that was featured on this season of "This Old House."

The Hydronics Industry Alliance is a leading advocate for the advancement of highly efficient and environmentally-gentle heating technologies and is a coalition of 30 manufacturers who are members of the Hydronics Section of the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (www.ahrinet.org). For more information on these green heating systems, go to www.myhomeheating.org or write to the Hydronics Industry Alliance, 8225 Madrillon Estates Drive, Vienna, VA 22182, or e-mail mcarsonrcei@verizon.net.

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