The market for hydronic heat sources, like many products that use energy to provide a benefit, is shaped by public perception, government policy and economic competition. As the 21st century unfolds, social attitudes and government policies around the world are increasingly focused on climate change, with a prevailing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions.
There are widely varying opinions on how “decarbonization” should be dealt with. They range from complete dismissal of any need to act on the subject, to proposals that would radically change how an average person would eat, remain comfortable in their home or workplace, travel, or even use their leisure time.
This issue of idronics is not meant to endorse any specific view on how carbon reduction should be dealt with. However, one objective of idronics is to provide information on trends that are likely to influence the market in which HVAC professionals work. To that end, it appears highly likely that the energy used by future hydronic heating and cooling systems will be increasingly supplied through electricity and less by the burning of fossil fuels.
There are several observations and market trends that support this statement. They include: