Basic information about electric underfloor heating and pipe hot water underfloor heating
Using heat conduction and radiant heat for creating warmth into your house, under floor heating is a form of central heating used more and more nowadays. The system suits well with both concrete and wooden floors and create comfort for your body due to the heat which is diverted upwards from the floor to your feet and entire body. Those systems are manufactured in two models: warm water systems and electric systems.
First, you will need to know that water under floor heating is using a system of pipes which carry the hot water under the floor. The disadvantage of this system can be blockages and the bubbles of air which create a blockage. In case of facing this issue, you will need to shut down the system and use a pump to unblock it. The electric systems will never face that problem. Also, hot water heating uses a lot of accessories to carry water or to separate it from bubbles and air. These accessories can be expensive and they can use a lot of space. Electric heating isn’t using a complex system, fact that makes it more efficient. You will need to use a cable mat, good insulation and a thermostat for a good functioning of the system. An advantage for water heating can be the fact that this kind of system can be used to cold a room or a building using the reverse action with cold water.
On the other hand, water systems can create issues if we think about the dew point or the expansion of the floor. Also, they need a better insulation than electric systems which will never create problems due to the process of installation. Electric systems are installed in layers and they prevent cracks. Another difference between them two is the cost. Water systems are more expensive than electric models, fact that makes them less used. On the other hand, water systems are more efficient and they will have a longer lifespan than electric systems. Both of them need periodic maintenance and they can heat only a part or a zone of the room or the entire surface. Also, both systems are heating the room faster than standard heating systems and they aren’t creating air currents, fact that reduces the circulation of allergens and dust.
Another thing to consider is the fact that both systems can lower the thermostat without losing warmth. However, water systems are more efficient because hot water temperature can be set to a relatively low temperature while electric systems generate electricity from heat in a power plant.
In conclusion, both systems will provide you a needed comfort and also more space and a greater efficiency. They will produce heat quietly and efficient.