Electric vs Water-Based Underfloor Heating

What is the Most Efficient Way to Heat Houses?

There is no question that underfloor heating systems are becoming more and more popular energy saving heating solutions across the country. One debate that is often had when discussing UFH is between the two main types of UFH systems, water-based underfloor heating systems and electric underfloor heating systems.

There are a lot of myths surrounding both forms of heated floors so we have compiled information on both of these underfloor heating systems as well as an in-depth analysis of the benefits of each.

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Underfloor Heating Vs. Electric Underfloor Heating

So youve decided that an underfloor heating system is right for your property. Theres however a wide range of factors that you will be facing when choosing which underfloor heating system is right for you. Weve compiled the main features of both systems below:


Features of Water-Based Underfloor Heating Systems

  • Series of Pipes Connected to Boiler to Circulate Warm Water Throughout the Floor Space.
  • Runs Water at a Lower Temperature to Radiators.
  • Easy to Run.
  • Works Well With all Floor Coverings.
  • Floors Dry Faster in Wet Areas.
  • Minimum Air Movement – Fewer Allergens & Dust Mites Transferred.
  • Lower Running Costs Compared to Traditional Methods


Features of Electric Underfloor Heating Systems

  • Heated With Electricity (Heating Wires Connected to Mains Supply)
  • Suited to Smaller Rooms
  • Simple to Fit
  • Placed on a Layer of Floor
  • Cheaper to Fit but More Expensive to Run


Underfloor Heating Installation Cost of Each System

Electric underfloor heating is often cited as the cheapest installation option when looking for underfloor heating. However, be cautious as there are high running costs with this underfloor heating system as it runs via electricity. Should a water-based underfloor be installed correctly then there is little to no maintenance required whereas an electronic underfloor heating system is prone to faults (similarly to many electronic meshes.)  You will also need to be weary of placing heavy objects on parts of your electric underfloor heating system whereas there is no need to be cautious with a water-based underfloor heating system.


Why Choose Water-Based Energy Saving Heating?

Removing the need for radiators is a feature that is key in the popularity of underfloor heating systems. Radiators can be an eyesore in a room (especially if you are looking to execute an open plan design.) Your wet underfloor heating system will radiate heat from the floor to the roof which allows you to create a lovely warm floor and for even ambient temperatures around a room or rooms in your property.

Your wet underfloor heating system heats at a lower temperature than traditional heating systems and methods. This system also allows for more even heat distribution, making for a more efficient heating system. This allows you to enjoy a wonderfully warm and luxurious room all year round and this will allow you to fully enjoy your underfloor heating system.

Find out more about installing a wet underfloor heating system with Easyflow today! If you are looking for more information on the hassle-free underfloor heating systems that we have available, get in contact with a member of our team of experts today.


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