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What Are Commercial Hydronic System Packages?

In today’s world, energy efficiency is the name of the game, both for economic and environmental reasons. 

Enter commercial hydronic systems. 

Commercial hydronic system packages are game-changers in the world of space conditioning (heating and cooling), as well as for other applications where temperature and water pressure are crucial, such as in the asphalt, cannabis, and chemical industries, school and hospital spaces, and water heating, snow melt, and water pressure functions, and more. 

But what exactly are commercial hydronic systems and how do they work? 

Let’s dive in.

Understanding Hydronic Systems

Hydronic systems, at their core, work by circulating water through a closed system of pipes to transfer energy throughout a building or system. 

The water is heated or cooled by a central unit and then distributed throughout the building via a network of pipes. These pipes, along with pumps, and control valves, work together to deliver heated or cooled water to different parts of the building or system.

The temperature of the water can be adjusted to provide the desired level of heating or cooling, whether for space conditioning (HVAC) or precise temperature control within a system for a wide variety of industries and applications.

The system must have a heat source, such as a boiler, for heating, and a cooling source, such as a chiller or cooling tower, for cooling. 

In space conditioning applications, the heated or cooled water is then pumped throughout the building to air handling units or terminal units, where it transfers energy with air from the ventilation system before it recirculates to the heating or cooling source.

However, this is a generic explanation, and there are a wide variety of applications of this technology. So, let’s take a look at a few specific commercial hydronic packages, what they’re for, and how they work. 

Types of Hydronic Packages by Lockwood Products

Lockwood Products offers a variety of hydronic packages, each designed to meet specific needs. 

These include booster pump packages, chilled and hot water packages, hot water heater packages, and snowmelt systems. 

  • Chilled and Hot Water Packages: Chilled and hot water packages are part of a hydronic HVAC system that uses water to transfer energy throughout a building.

    The chilled water system provides cooling by using chilled water to absorb heat from the building’s spaces and cool it in return.

    On the other hand, the hot water system provides heating by transferring heat to the water, which is then circulated throughout the building to provide warmth.

    These systems are highly efficient and can lead to significant savings in energy costs.
  • Hot Water Heater Packages: Hydronic hot water heater packages are essential for providing hot water to a facility. They work by heating cold water that enters the system and then distributing the hot water to various parts of the building.

    This hot water can be used for various purposes, including space heating, washing, and industrial processes.
  • Hydronic Booster Pump Package: A hydronic booster pump package is a versatile and adaptable system that can be assembled in many different configurations to suit site needs.

    The primary function of a booster pump package is to increase the pressure of the water in the system, ensuring adequate water flow and pressure throughout the facility. This is particularly useful in large buildings where water has to be transported to higher floors.
  • Snowmelt Systems: Snowmelt systems are designed to prevent the build-up of snow and ice on walkways, driveways, and other outdoor surfaces.

    They work by circulating a heated fluid (usually a mixture of water and antifreeze) through tubing installed beneath the surface. The heat from the fluid melts the snow and ice on the surface, keeping it clear and safe for use.

    This not only improves safety but also eliminates the need for manual snow removal and the application of de-icing chemicals.

Each package can be customized to fit specific applications and spaces.

The Benefits of Hydronic Packages

There are several benefits to using hydronic packages over conventional solutions. 

First, they are highly energy efficient. Water is a better heat transfer medium than air, which means hydronic systems can often deliver heating and cooling more efficiently. This can lead to significant savings in energy costs.

Second, hydronic systems can provide a high level of comfort. Because they use water to transfer heat, they can provide a more even and consistent level of heating and cooling.

Finally, hydronic systems are versatile. They can be used in a variety of settings, from small residential buildings to large commercial complexes. And with the ability to customize the packages, they can be tailored to fit the specific needs of any project.

Commercial hydronic system packages by Lockwood Products offer a versatile, efficient, and comfortable solution for heating and cooling, and a host of other applications. 

Whether you’re looking to install a new system or upgrade an existing one, consider the benefits that a hydronic system can bring. Contact us today with your questions and customize a package for your space and application.