Water vs. electric: switching on the best system
There are two main types of underfloor heating. but both, whether it’s a system that uses electric or one that relies on water, have the same objective – to provide a warmer home.
The two options have pros and cons, so it’s a case of working out which one is best for individual circumstances, whether that’s based on cost or perhaps on the type of building.
One of the advantages of an electric system is that it’s easy to install. It’s also cheaper to fit this type of heating in smaller spaces, such as a bathroom or a kitchen. Another plus of doing things this way is that the heating can be installed with minimal disruption and, once the job is done, the floor height will only be raised by a few millimetres. Different wattage output can be selected in different areas, and this helps control bills.
A water-based system is normally less expensive to run. It’s cheaper to install if it is fitted in a new property during the building phase, or if it’s a big refurbishment project. Water is often better than electric for heating larger spaces or several rooms at the same time. One other advantage is that it is possible to manage this type of system using remote control on a PC or mobile phone.
Although cost is often the most important consideration, the key to finding the option that is best for any building is to weigh up all the pluses and minuses before making any decision.