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Electric vs wet underfloor heating

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Traditionally found in kitchens and bathrooms, Underfloor heating is now making its way into more of the UK’s living rooms. With no need for bulky radiators and superior distribution of heat, it’s easy to see why.


If you’ve decided to install it in your home, you will need to decide whether to go with electric or wet-based underfloor heating. If you are unsure what the differences between them are, and which would be best for you, then read on.


What is Wet (water-based) underfloor heating?

Wet underfloor heating uses a series of pipes connected to your boiler, or another heat source. Warm, or hot, water will pass through the pipes which in turn will heat up your floor and room. It’s important to note that not all boilers and heat sources are compatible with underfloor heating, so it is important to research this first before undertaking any work.


What is Electric underfloor heating?

Electric underfloor heating uses a series of cables connected to your mains electricity supply. When turned on an electric current is passed through the cables which in turn heats them up and supplies the warmth that comes from it. The amount of current run through the cables will determine how hot they will get, which in turn is controlled by a thermostat.


Should you go electric or wet?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems, and as each project is different finding the right option for you could depend on several factors. To help we have created a quick comparison between the two systems to help you understand more and decide which you feel would be best.


We’re here to help

If you are still unsure which is best, or how to proceed with incorporating underfloor heating into a renovation project, then we are here to help. Or if you would like to delve further into the benefits of underfloor heating, read our accompanying blog here. Either way, we are here to help walk you through the right heating solution for your home renovation project. Just fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

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