The material costs of a hydronic radiant system can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the area to be conditioned, the number of zones, and the system type. Let’s consider an example for better understanding.
Suppose we have a 3,000 sq.ft. single-family home with 8 zones. You have two options:
- Ray Magic radiant ceiling panels : $9/sq.ft. ($27,000).
- Radiant floor panels: $9/sq.ft. ($27,000).
- PEX piping and manifolds: $1/sq.ft. ($3,000).
- Hydronic fan coils for supplemental cooling: $2/sq.ft. ($6,000).
- Mechanical room equipment (buffer tank, pumps, valves): $1.5/sq.ft. ($4,500).
- Air-to-water heat pump: $3/sq.ft. ($9,000).
- Messana Controls: $2.5/sq.ft. ($7,500).
Total material cost: Approximately $19/sq.ft or $57,000.
Remember, these are rough estimates and may vary.
Installation cost: As a rule of thumb, consider it to be similar to the material costs. This can fluctuate based on location and labor rates.
Although the initial cost of a hydronic system may be higher than traditional systems, it offers a longer lifespan, superior comfort, and improved efficiency.