Whether you choose an Electric or Water Underfloor Heating System will depend on the particular requirements of your project.
1. Initial Cost
The majority of Electric Underfloor Heating systems cost less to purchase and install than Water Underfloor Heating systems, simply because there are fewer materials required and the installation is quicker.
2. Running Cost
Currently, the cost of mains gas is lower than electricity so a Water Underfloor Heating System will cost less in energy costs.
Electric Underfloor Heating Systems are generally maintenance-free, however, Water Underfloor Heating systems should be checked regularly (just you would with your boiler and conventional radiators) because there are a lot more moving parts.
4. Floor Height
Generally, Electric Underfloor Heating Systems are a lot thinner than Water Underfloor Heating Systems, so if you have an existing floor that you don't want to remove then we would recommend using an Elektra Underfloor Heating Mat or Undertile Cable.
5. Area to be Heated
If you only require a small area to be heated then it can often be simpler and more cost-effective to install an Electric Underfloor Heating System.
6. Purpose of Heating
Do you want the Underfloor Heating to provide total heat for a room or just a warm floor? Water Underfloor Heating Systems are generally used for total heat solutions, but Electric Underfloor Heating Systems are often used for total heat or warm floor applications.