If you are considering the installation of underfloor heating in your home, you need to know which is the best underfloor heating for your specific needs. Whether wet (water based) or electric underfloor heating is the better option. In this article we take a look at a number of different property types, and which type of underfloor heating might be the better choice of installation.
The Best Underfloor Heating for Fully Detached Properties
In general, fully detached properties tend to be larger houses, with four or more bedrooms and a large lounge and kitchen area. Detached properties do not share common walls or floors/ceilings with other properties which would help to insulate them.
In most cases, a wet underfloor heating system is going to be the most cost-efficient to run for fully detached properties, with a much lower cost of ownership than every other type of heating. This is especially true of new builds, where the installation of wet underfloor heating can be planned into the initial construction of the property.
One caveat comes in the form of detached properties that are being renovated. For example, old farm buildings being converted into residential homes. In some cases, electric underfloor heating may make more sense, due to installation restrictions such as room height and the materials the floors are made from.
The Best Underfloor Heating for Semi-Detached Properties
Much like fully detached properties, semi-detached homes tend to be one of the larger types of residential property. Where they differ from detached properties is in the fact that they share at least one common wall with a neighbouring property. This means that in theory, they will share heat with their neighbour. The common wall will be heated from both sides. Although if the neighbouring property is left empty for long periods, this could work in the opposite way, acting as a conduit for heat loss.
Wet underfloor heating systems are the better choice for many semi-detached properties, especially larger ones. Yet there is a complication that often prevents wet underfloor heating being stalled in semi-detached houses. Many underfloor heating installations in such properties are fitted as an upgrade. This means that for semi-detached properties which limit installation options, such as those with very low ceilings, electric underfloor heating might be a better (or the only) choice.
The Best Underfloor Heating for a Maisonette or Townhouse?
These kinds of multi-floor homes share common attributes. They are generally of a smaller footprint, with smaller rooms, and accommodation being split across two or more floors.
Electric underfloor heating is the logical choice for either a maisonette or townhouse. Electric underfloor heating is cheaper to install and tends to offer a better ROI than wet systems for small rooms.
Additionally, electric underfloor heating is often the only choice when it comes to fitting underfloor heating in small rooms on the upper floors of the home.
The Best Underfloor Heating for an Apartment?
Choosing which type of underfloor heating to install in an apartment comes down to two specific considerations. These are the size of the apartment, and its location within the apartment block.
For large apartments that are located on the ground floor, a wet underfloor heating system might be a very good choice. This will likely be much more efficient than an electric system in this circumstance.
For smaller apartments, that are located between other apartments both below and above, then electric underfloor heating is a good choice for two reasons. Firstly, because there may be installation constraints with regards to the way the floor is constructed. Secondly, because temperatures may change rapidly, due to heat induction through the floor and ceiling in neighbouring apartments that turn up the temperate of their heating. Electric systems are the more responsive of the two types of underfloor heating, making temperature adjustment faster.
The Best Underfloor Heating for Protected Buildings?
As an increasing number of older buildings are repurposed for residential use, the problem of dealing with building restrictions on just what can be done to a protected property is something that homeowners are increasingly forced to overcome.
If you live in a protected building, you no doubt already know that even making the smallest constructional change to the property is fraught with red-tape.
If you intend to install underfloor heating in such a building, then an electric based system simply makes sense. Electric underfloor heating has a far less intrusive installation processes than a wet system, and will not require the flooring to be ripped up and the heat pipes installed within the creed.
Which is the Best Underfloor Heating System for People Who Move Home Regularly?
Although for all intents and purposes, an underfloor heating system should be considered a permanent installation in any property, there can be reasons why people may want to remove their heating when they move home.
In this case, electric underfloor heating is the only choice, as it is installed on top of existing floor, and not embedded into it as wet systems are.
The Underfloor Heating Company London specialises in both wet and electric underfloor heating, and we can help you to decide which is the best underfloor heating for your specific property. Contact us now on 020 3598 6301 so that we can make a recommendation on which type of underfloor heating would fit you best.