Types of underfloor heating

Thinking about investing in underfloor heating? Well did you know there are different types of underfloor heating? We discuss the pros & cons of each type of underfloor heating below. 

Are you considering installing underfloor heating throughout your home? Or are you looking for a single room? We can assist you with any underfloor heating requirements you may have. We are fully qualified underfloor heating installers who can assist you in selecting the best underfloor heating system for your needs. Get in contact with us today on 0121 2889944 or head over to our service pages if you'd like to learn more.

Types of Underfloor Heating 

Electric underfloor heating, also known as a dry system, and hydronic underfloor heating, often known as a wet system, are the two main types of underfloor heating. Both dry and wet underfloor heating systems though similar have both advantages and disadvantages.

Electric Underfloor Heating

The biggest disadvantage of electric underfloor heating is the cost of operation. The expense of heating an entire floor area with electric underfloor heating will be much higher than the expense of running wet underfloor heating. 

Electric underfloor heating has the advantage of being simple to install, which is why it is frequently used in smaller spaces or DIY projects. When compared to wet underfloor heating, electric underfloor heating may appear to be a more cost-effective alternative at first, but it would almost certainly cost you more in the long term.

While electric underfloor heating has a high heat output and a short heating reaction time, it is vital to ensure that the heating output is correctly controlled to avoid overheating and potential floor covering damage.

Hydronic Underfloor Heating

This is also known as wet underfloor heating. When used in conjunction with a modern condensing boiler, wet underfloor heating is roughly 25% more efficient than radiators, and up to 40% more efficient when powered by a heat pump. In contrast to a gas or oil boiler, which heats water to between 65 and 85 degrees Celsius, a heat pump produces hot water at roughly 40 degrees Celsius. 

Because of the large surface area created by the UFH pipework in the floor, compared to the relatively small surface area of a radiator, hydronic underfloor heating can be combined with renewable heating sources such as solar thermal and air source heat pumps, which operate at lower flow temperatures than traditional heating methods.

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We install underfloor heating across Sutton Coldfield, Coleshill, Water Orton, and Castle Bromwich. Why not install your underfloor heating today, so you'll be set for the winter? 

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Careys Plumbing & Gas Ltd hope you choose us for any underfloor heating installation services you may require.