Which Type of Underfloor Heating is Best For My Home?
Underfloor heating systems commonly offer heat from beneath tiled and stone flooring. These systems can also work beneath a carpeted floor as long as the underlay and carpet density does not prevent the heat from rising through it.
Underfloor heating is more efficient than a single radiator as it requires a lower temperature to be effective since it is distributed throughout the room.
Should I choose electric or water underfloor heating?
Electric underfloor heating
Electric underfloor heating can be installed as a mat cut to fit large areas or loose fitting wiring for small and awkward spaces. You may need to consult an expert to find out which type of electric underfloor heating will work best below your flooring.
Water underfloor heating
Water underfloor heating is installed as a series of pipes which pump hot water from your boiler throughout the floor area. Water underfloor heating can also be connected to a solar powered renewable heating system.
Electric vs water underfloor heating
Whether you decide to install an electric or water heated system will depend on the shape and size of the room which you are heating. You will also need to consider which is the easiest system for a new build or a retrofitting project.
Electric underfloor heating is generally easier to install than water systems and can fit into smaller and more awkward spaces. Electric systems are preferred as a retrofitting or refurbishment project and can be carried out by someone competent at DIY. You will need a professional electrician to connect to the mains however.
Water underfloor heating is better installed during a new build project as it can be difficult to retrofit. The pipes necessary for a water system require more depth and may not be suitable for some properties without adequate space below the flooring.
It is not advised for water underfloor heating to be installed by someone who is not a professional. The laying of the pipes, screed and insulation is difficult work and fitting the pipework to the heating and boiler system needs to be carried out by a trained engineer.