Question - Is water underfloor heating better than electric?

Answered by: Harold Diaz  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 21-06-2022  |  Views: 1132  |  Total Questions: 14

The most cost effective place to install warm water underfloor heating is within a new concrete floor. All other scenarios tend to be more expensive than electric underfloor heating. With electric underfloor heating all installation scenarios are very fast and easy. Electric underfloor heating systems The wires usually sit on top of a layer of insulation. The electric wires themselves are fairly thin, making them easier and cheaper to install than a water-based system. However, they are also slightly pricier to run, making them better suited to smaller areas. While it is nice to have toasty feet (no-one's denying that), the advantages of electric underfloor heating just aren't big enough to justify it. Instead, if you're looking for an alternative to traditional heating that is energy efficient and clean, you are better off opting for electric radiators. Electric underfloor heating can cost three to four times more to run than a warm water UFH system, or a radiator system, that is paired with a gas boiler. This is simply because electric tends to cost far more than natural gas per kWh. Electric underfloor heating Electric, or dry, UFH generates its heat via electrical resistance elements that gently warm the floor beneath which they are placed. Running costs for dry UFH are generally higher than wet systems, but that is solely down to the fact that they use grid electricity.

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It is advised that in the depths of winter, an underfloor heating system should be kept on at all times. Although it should be at different temperatures depending on usage and activity in the house. This is because underfloor heating can take two to three hours to warm up, so it is best to not completely turn it off.

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Electric radiant floor heating costs about $5 to $7 per square foot for the materials or $8 to $12 or more per square foot with professional floor installation. However, electric Unfortunately, it's far more costly to operate and therefore generally makes sense as a supplemental, not primary, heat source.

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How long will an underfloor heating system last? The pipes used for underfloor heating must have a projected lifespan of 50 years, in accordance with industry standard DIN 4726; however over 100 years is entirely possible.

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Cost of underfloor heating This will depend a little on things like the type of floor you have – solid or suspended, but it is safe to say that a wet system is far more expensive. Electric underfloor heating costs much less, with some systems as cheap as £20 per square metre. So for some it is a very attractive option.

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With the rising cost in energy pricings, underfloor heating is the perfect solution due to its lower temperature than radiators, but an even and pleasurable heat throughout a room, allowing for cheaper running costs, yet a more efficient heating system.

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Underfloor heating is normally efficient because it effectively turns the whole floor into a radiator. The large surface area means it doesn't have to be a high temperature to warm the room – only a couple of degrees warmer than normal room temperature. It uses 15-40% less energy than traditional radiators.

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There are two kinds of underfloor heating – electric or 'dry' systems and water-based or 'wet' systems. Electric systems are more a ordable and less disruptive to install, but their running costs are higher, so they are best suited to smaller spaces such as tiled bathrooms, or spots that are awkward to get to.

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Cost to run an electric radiator in a 14m² kitchen Timescale Electric Radiators Running Cost Electric Underfloor Heating Running Cost Week £4. 72 £5. 90 Month £18. 88 £23. 60 6 Months £113. 30 £141. 62 Year £226. 60 £283. 25

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The water flow temperature will vary between 35-60°C, depending on the heat losses from the building. If the system operates with thermostatic mixing valves, use 45°C temperature for screeded floors and 55°C temperature for timber suspended and floating floors.

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The energy required for underfloor heating can be as little as two-thirds that needed for standard central heating. The cost of materials and installation varies, but you will face a bill in the thousands. Against this, the new system will add value to your home, unlike some other so-called improvements.

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A good guide is between 2 – 8 hours for the full desired temperature using a non-insulated concrete floor. Insulated concrete slab flooring takes slightly less time, between 2 – 5 hours, whilst concrete with 10mm tile-backer insulation can take as little as one hour to heat up.

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TILE, STONE & POLISHED SCREED The best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating is tile and stone. Tile and stone have high thermal conductivity, meaning that the heat from an underfloor heating pipe or wire transfers to the floor surface quickly. Tile and stone also retain heat well making the system efficient.

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When renovating your bathroom, underfloor heating is especially worth thinking about. You will save a lot on the labour cost if the flooring is being lifted up and changed anyway. The comfort and the cost savings of running the system on your heating bills will work out to your advantage in a longer run.

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Yes, combi boilers are fine with underfloor heating, if you have radiators working from the same boiler then you will need to add in a two-port valve.