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There are two main types of underfloor heating, one is powered by your homes electricity mains, the other is uses hot water from your boiler to heat your floors via a manifold. Both are great ways of heating your home but here are a few pro’s and con’s to help you make your decision.
Water-based underfloor heating systems are a great way to ensure you reduce your heating costs in the long term. A warm water underfloor heating system uses a thermostat and a manifold that is connected to your boiler, this helps to control the amount of heat being generated and avoid the higher running costs that an electric system may generate. A warm water underfloor heating system is also very reliable even during the colder months, it is during these months that a water system can save you money over an electric system, power companies have been known to increase energy rates during peak hours.
Underfloor heating systems are a lot easier to install with two or more people, however, one of the benefits an electric system has over a water-based underfloor heating system is that it is slightly easier to install. A water-based underfloor system can be a little more complex due to the piping involved and any troubleshooting that may be required. Underfloor heating using water is a little more costly in the set-up phase, however, the running costs are much cheaper.
Electric underfloor heating is a good option if you are looking to install it in a small space, and time is of the essence. A water-based underfloor system can take longer to install, and you are likely to require some assistance for at least part of the installation, whereas an electric underfloor heating system is relatively simple to install solo. All this being said it is always important to ensure that you have a qualified electrician on hand to connect the installation to your mains supply.
Ideally, an electric underfloor system is best suited to a small area, typically one or two rooms, this is because the running costs of an electric based system tend to be higher than that of a water-based underfloor heating system. An electric underfloor system is easier and cheaper to install, but long-term they tend to be more expensive. If you are looking at a larger install over numerous rooms then a water-based underfloor heating system will definitely save you money over time, by using thermostats you can control the energy usage a lot easier. If you use a smart thermostat then this allows you even finer control of your underfloor heating system and reduces your energy bills even further.
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