Hydronic vs Electric Underfloor Heating for Your Bathroom

When it comes to underfloor heating, your two main choices are hydronic (pipes located underneath the flooring that have warm water pumping through them and radiate heat out) and electric (electrical wires instead of water). When it comes to installing a new system into your bathroom, which of the two options is right for you? Read our comprehensive guide to the differences between hydronic and electric underfloor bathroom heating.

Heating concept. Temperature control for underfloor heating. Layers of heating floor in the bathroom.

What Are the Strengths of Hydronic Underfloor Heating?

Usually, the decision to install hydronic underfloor heating is taken in the design stage of a home’s construction. The warm water pipes are substantially larger than the electric model of underfloor heating, so they noticeably raise the height of the floor. Additionally, the hydronic system of tubing is usually more cost effective if you’re doing a comprehensive build – that is, if you’re installing underfloor heating over the entire house. It’s not just for the ground floor, either. Hydronic heating can be installed across several stories of your home.

However, if you are interested in just having one or two rooms of your home upgraded with underfloor heating and you’re working with a pre-existing structure, chances are that we can help you with a better option.

What are the strengths of Electric Underfloor Heating?

Unlike hydronic underfloor heating, electric underfloor heating is easy to install in a pre-built structure. If you’re already living in a house and are looking to have underfloor heating put into just one or two rooms, then electric might be the best bet for you.

In the electric system, the cables which carry current and emit heat are quite small, compared to the hydronic system. The addition of electric underfloor heating will only add a few millimetres to the height of the floor. Plus, because it’s a smaller product, the process of installation can be less obtrusive to the property.

Which Choice Is Right for My Bathroom?

If you’re already living in a finished house and just want underfloor heating in the bathroom, then electric underfloor heating is almost certainly the way to go. However, if your bathroom hasn’t been built yet, you’d consider having an underfloor system across the whole house as well as the bathroom. In this case, you might want to look into a hydronic underfloor heating.

Contact Us

As many happy customers have attested, Comfort Heat are the best in the business. To find out more about hydronic and electric underfloor heating systems and get more information about the costs, long term benefits, and installation process, the team at Comfort Heat are ready to help. Contact us online or call 02 9979 8600, and we can start you on the well-warmed path to a cosier, more cost-effective home.

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