Underfloor heating is an excellent choice for any homeowner; it will improve the look of your home by eliminating the need for radiators, and, if you choose the right system, it can also cut down on energy costs and add future value to the property if you ever decide to sell. What’s more, the added comfort of evenly heated floors could be the final step needed to create an inviting and luxurious atmosphere within your home.
If you’re considering underfloor heating in your home, then understanding the difference between electric and water underfloor heating will help you to make the right, long-term investment for your household.
Electric Underfloor Heating
A system of heating wires or mats are connected to your mains electrical supply, and placed either beneath or within your flooring to provide warmth. Due to the higher cost of running an electrical system, this form of underfloor heating is only really suitable for use in smaller areas, or when you only require heating in one room.
While it is quicker and simpler to install than water underfloor heating, you will need to be mindful of the increase to your electrical bill – particularly during the winter months. Electricity comes at a higher cost than water, and increases the carbon footprint of your home.
Water Underfloor Heating
Rather than working through the mains electricity, water underfloor heating works through a series of underfloor pipes connected to your existing boiler, much like a radiator. One of the main benefits, of course, is that the heat is distributed evenly throughout the house. Since you won’t be trying to heat a room from a single source like a radiator, you will find that the water doesn’t need to be heated to such a high temperature. If you’re mindful of your energy usage, then this is the best underfloor heating option for your home.
As well as being more efficient than heating your home with radiators, in the long-term, water underfloor heating will also work out to be more cost effective than electric underfloor heating. It’s ideal for larger areas, or if you wish for several rooms to benefit from underfloor heating, since the lower costs of running mean that you don’t need to worry so much about frequent use.
Underfloor Heating Installation
Wet underfloor heating is perhaps a more time-consuming system to install, and the upfront costs of installation are higher than an electrical underfloor heating system because water underfloor heating must be installed by experienced contractors who know how to determine the best approach for your home.
The extra time and expense required to fit wet underfloor heating can deter some homeowners, but you will find that the disadvantages are quickly off-set by lower bills and a long-term investment into the home’s value.
Water underfloor heating is an excellent option for many homeowners as it provided the best of both worlds: at-home luxury and energy efficiency.