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What kind of underfloor heating is better: wet or electric?

Helping you to choose<

There are two main types of underfloor heating: wet and electric. Fastwarm are here to help you choose between them.

If you are thinking about installing underfloor heating in your property, you certainly aren’t alone. Which is better though – wet or electric? It’s time to find out!

What types of underfloor heating are there?

Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular with property owners, and there are two main types to choose from: wet or electric. Both offer their own unique benefits and can be installed in a range of properties. So, which is most suitable for your home? Here’s everything you need to know about both types, allowing you to make a choice that’s perfect for you and your property.

Wet underfloor heating

This kind of underfloor heating is commonly seen in new builds, although there are some kinds that can be installed over or alongside existing systems. It is the most powerful kind of underfloor heating in terms of heat output and is a much more energy efficient compared to radiators – allowing you to remove those from your home completely. They are very versatile in that they can use a variety of heat sources to run. They are very well-suited to renewable sources such as air and ground source heat pumps.

We are often asked how effectively it can warm a space. Wet underfloor heating takes longer to warm up than an electric system but is excellent at retaining heat. This allows it to keep the floor warm for a prolonged period, making it ideal for spaces you are going to spend a lot of time in. 

Electric underfloor heating

Let’s look at the main alternative to wet underfloor heating: electric. This is ideal for smaller areas and is often used as an add-on to an existing wet underfloor heating set-up – perfect if you are extending the use of underfloor heating through your property. It provides great value for money in terms of installation costs, as it costs less to fit than a wet system. If your home is powered using solar PV or wind technology, you will find that electric underfloor heating is a great way of exploiting those.

How much does electric underfloor heating cost to run? It is more expensive to power than wet underfloor heating, making it a good option for smaller spaces. If, for example, you have a guest bathroom or bedroom that you want to heat quickly but aren’t going to be using every single day, electric underfloor heating is the perfect choice.

Making your decision

Here at Fastwarm, we stock a wide range of underfloor heating products for customers to take their pick from. Whether you are leaning towards a wet or electric system, you will be spoilt for choice if you choose to shop with us. Not sure which kind of UFH is best for you and your property? Then we are here to help! Get in touch with our team, and they will soon be able to point you in the direction of the most suitable kind of underfloor heating for you.

We can’t wait to hear from you and answer all your questions, so please do contact us today.