Warm Water Underfloor Heating Vs. Electric Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating is a surefire way to ensure your family’s feet are toasty warm when walking on tiles, stone, wood or even carpet. It can be used as an alternative your radiator heating or a complimentary floor warmer for those chilly mornings and nights! How do you decide which one to go for?
ELECTRIC UNDERFLOOR HEATING
With an electric underfloor heating system, a series of electric wires or electric heating sheets are installed beneath or within your flooring. This is usually fit over screed and floor insulation. It has it’s own thermostat to determine when it comes on and turns off.
There are lots of options for each floor type and is less expensive to install than the Warm Water systems.
You must consider the cost of the electric bills compared to the cost of the gas bills in order to help make this decision.
WARM WATER UNDERFLOOR HEATING
With a water-based underfloor heating system, a series of pipes connected to your gas boiler circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space. It is essentially part of your gas central heating with it’s own thermostat.
Warm Water underfloor heating could be more energy efficient than radiators as the heat is distributed more evenly, and therefore potentially less expensive to run (according to The Energy Saving Trust).
It is more expensive to install that Electric underfloor heating as it’s more complicated.
There will be quite significant upheaval when installing any underfloor heating as the floor will need to come up, new floor may need to be laid down before the installation and you need to factor in the added height of the floor with the prep work involved.
Make sure you don’t compromise on quality and that your kit is complete and all components comply with European standards.
Underfloor heating is a modern and high-spec feature that allows you to enjoy the luxury of warm floors during cold winters. It could be a more energy efficient way of heating a room as the heat rises slowly around the whole room, rather than the isolated areas of radiators.
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Danielle & Richard Minto, Directors