|Why Choose Sterling Hydronics
Quality: Sterling finned-tube radiation is built to last. Internal welded
gussets integrate with and support the enclosure. Ball bearing element supports are nylon isolated
to eliminate the transition of noise due to expansion and contraction. Aluminum or steel fins are
mechanically bonded through expansion to copper or steel tubing, ensuring quiet operation, long
life, and maximum heat transfer. All paint finishes are oven baked.
Comfortable: Hydronic perimeter heat gently blankets the exterior walls
and glass, eliminating the drafts and local cold spots which often occur with forced air heating
systems. Through the combined effects of radiant and convection heating, people are more comfortable
at temperatures 2-4 degrees lower, offering significant energy savings. Humidity levels are also
easier to maintain as heat provided by hydronic finned-tube radiation does not produce the lower
humidity levels often associated with forced air and electric heat systems. Rooms can be easily
zoned with individual temperature controls to provide that extra comfort.
Flexible: The piping used to distribute the hydronic heat is much smaller
than the ductwork used in forced air systems. This not only provides more usable space for the
occupants, but offers much more flexibility when designing buildings or major renovations. Future
layout changes, such as enlarging the rooms and moving partitions can be much more easily
Quiet: Hydronic finned-tube radiation systems have no large fans, but
deliver hot water to the individual zones by quiet, remote pumps. Without ductwork, there is no
conduit to carry the system's fan noise and other sounds throughout the building.
Clean: Hydronic perimeter heating systems are cleaner and healthier.
There is no ductwork and fans to redistribute dirt, odors, and germs through a building's
forced air system.
Economical: The pump energy required in hydronic
perimeter systems is much less than that required for fans in forced air systems. The amount
of energy to distribute the same amount of heat in forced air systems is typically 10 times
greater than that needed for the pumps in hydronic perimeter systems.
Forced air systems also have significant heat loss and leakage in the duct system, while there
is no leakage and much less heat loss through hydronic piping. Additional savings can be realized
with the use of outdoor air reset controls which are easily applied on hydronic perimeter systems.
Fuel Options: Because hydronics perimeter systems employ boilers as their
source of heat, the system can usually use any energy source including gas, oil, electric, solid
fuel, or solar. The boiler used to provide the hot water heating can also be used for other duties
in the building including domestic hot water heating, snow melting, swimming pool heating, etc.
Dedicated Heating: A single system that both heats and cools must have
compromises designed in. Delivering heat from below and allowing the heat to rise is much more
comfortable and preferable to overhead heating, which is more appropriate for cooling systems.
Any additional expenses required to install dedicated separate systems for heating and cooling
is paid with greater comfort and operating efficiency. For dedicated heating, hydronic perimeter
heat is the best choice.
IBR Ratings: As a member of the Hydronic Institute
of Boiler and Radiator Manufactures (IBR), Sterling meets strict industry performance requirements.
All Sterling performance ratings are based on IBR testing or are IBR approved, where applicable.
Sterling offers the industry's most complete line of finned-tube hydronic heating elements and
enclosures. We engineer and manufacture products that deliver reliability, long life, and value.