Underfloor heating has become more and more popular each year, and with that growth in popularity has come innovation. There are now more and more types of underfloor heating system available on the market, which is great, but which type is best? The first major distinction between system is whether they use electricity or warm water to heat the room. Underfloor Heating DIY specialise in warm water heating (wet underfloor heating systems) because we believe this is the best and most efficient way to heat your home. Below we will go through a few pro’s and cons of each system to help you work out which underfloor heating system is best for you.
One of the biggest factors that will determine which type of system is best for you is the type of installation. Is this project part of a new build? Or is does it involve retro-fitting a system to your existing floor. A wet underfloor system works great when working with a new build, the system can be integrated into the floor as the property is constructed. Installing the system at the build phase means that you do not have to spend money altering the floor to accommodate the system, this can be one the most expensive parts of the installation. By contrast, a dry system (electric) uses super low profile mats with heating wires in them, this requires less alteration to the existing flooring.
We offer a range of DIY underfloor heating packs that have everything you need to install your system yourself, however, we do always suggest that you contact a qualified heating engineer to connect the system. Our underfloor heating kits allow you to get an honest idea of the cost per square metre. A dry system does often work out slightly cheaper to install however as a general rule of thumb a wet system has much lower running costs. Think how much more expensive it would be to heat your home using electric heaters vs your water radiators. Yes, a boiler and a central heating system cost more to install, but the amount you save over the years can vastly outweigh this.
The type of room you want to install your system in also makes a big difference. For instance if you have a nice large open plan kitchen-diner this is going to take a lot more energy to heat than a small spare bathroom, your kitchen diner is also going to be used a lot more often so it will need to be efficient to run, whereas a bathroom is only used a few times a day. In this example a wet system would be ideal for the kitchen, it is cheap to run, very efficient and will get the room to temperature very quickly. Admittedly the installation cost will be a lot higher however, this will soon be paid off with the saving made from the running costs. The small system in the spare bathroom could justify an electric kit, cheap and easy to install, it’s expensive running costs probably won’t come into play as much as the system will not be in use too often