Differences between electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating
Differences between electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating Ecoforest.

Differences between electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is an increasingly popular solution for heating homes and commercial buildings. It offers even heat distribution and higher energy efficiency compared to other conventional heating systems.

Within underfloor heating, there are two main types: electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating. In this article, we will explore the differences between the two and how Ecoforest’s air-source heat pumps can be an excellent option to complement underfloor heating as an integral air conditioning system.

Electric underfloor heating

Electric underfloor heating uses electric cables or electric strips installed under the floor to generate heat. These cables or strips are connected to the mains and, when activated, directly heat the floor. One of the advantages of electric underfloor heating is that it is easy to install, as it does not require the installation of hot water pipes. In addition, it allows independent temperature control in each room, which provides greater comfort and energy savings.

However, electric underfloor heating has a higher energy consumption compared to water underfloor heating. This is because electricity is usually more expensive than other energy sources, such as natural gas or biomass. In addition, if electricity generated from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels, is used, the environmental impact can be higher.

Underfloor heating

Water underfloor heating, also known as hydronic underfloor heating, uses hot water to heat the floor. In this system, pipes are installed in the floor through which hot water from a boiler, a heat pump or a renewable energy source circulates. The hot water transfers the heat to the floor, which in turn radiates the heat evenly throughout the room.

One of the advantages of water underfloor heating is its energy efficiency. The hot water can be generated from renewable sources, which reduces the environmental impact and long-term heating costs. In addition, this system is compatible with other heating systems and can be easily integrated with air-source heat pumps.

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Air-source pumps and underfloor heating

Ecoforest’s aerothermal heat pumps are an excellent choice to complement underfloor heating, whether electric or water. These heat pumps use energy from the outside air to heat or cool the water circulating through the underfloor heating. By harnessing the renewable energy of the air, Ecoforest aerothermal pumps offer a sustainable and efficient solution for space heating and cooling.

The combination of air-source heat pumps (ASHP) and underfloor heating offers a highly efficient and comfortable heating and cooling system. Underfloor heating distributes heat evenly, while the aerothermal pumps harness energy from the outside air, reducing heating and cooling costs and lowering the carbon footprint.

Ecoforest’s air-source range is focused on air-to-water and monobloc style heat pumps. As you can see in our catalogue, we have several air-source heat pumps of different power ratings that meet different needs. If you have any doubts about which one is best suited to your home, you can contact us and we will advise you so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

In conclusion, both electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating are efficient options for space heating. However, water underfloor heating offers higher energy efficiency and less dependence on non-renewable sources. When combined with Ecoforest’s aerothermal pumps, you get an even more efficient and sustainable heating and cooling system.

If you are considering installing an underfloor heating system, don’t hesitate to explore the options Ecoforest has to offer.

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