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The Difference Between Electric And Hydraulic Heating Systems

May 6, 2008
People are becoming more eco-friendly. Local councils have instigated a recycling policy for all households in specific areas to practise and implement in the daily running of their home. One of the key elements on becoming more energy efficient is the heating system of your home. Many homes in the UK use radiant heating, which in this day and age has proven to waste more heat than conserve.

More public buildings and homes have taken the initiative to approach underfloor heating specialists to tackle this problem of energy wastage, installing underfloor heating systems to create an even flow of warmth in each room. This in turn has saved many companies and households money on heating bills. Installations of these systems are also cost effective and are completed in a short space of time, meaning no fuss for the individual.

Underfloor heating specialists will help to determine the best places to fit the system; generally, there are no restriction to fitting the systems. You would normally be offered two different types of underfloor heating systems; electric and hydraulic. Each work very differently from each other and are both very different in quality. The main differences are evident in the costing of maintenance and their effectiveness in heating a room.

Those who are unsure should discuss this with any underfloor heating specialists, as they are more likely to go through this in detail with you. They are also more likely to give you a personal recommendation that is suited for your needs. It is always a good idea to find out for you, which is more efficient and cheaper to run.

Hydraulic underfloor heating work similarly to normal radiant heating. These are good for circulating heat through heated water running through the pipes. This is good for warming up certain areas of the room, but unfortunately, these prove to be useless when the heated water move away from that specific area. Hydraulic heating tend to be less efficient when the heated water travels further away from the boiler, which means that the room will not be as warm as it one would desire it to be.

Hydraulic systems are also more expensive to run, as you incur the cost of maintenance and repairs. After a length of time, the boiler efficiency reduces considerably making it harder to warm up the rooms in the house. Furthermore, the water that travels through the pipes will also need much attention and maintenance, sometimes replacing which will mean more money spent.

Electric underfloor heating systems may appear more expensive than gas; however, this works out much cheaper than hydraulic heating annually. They are also more efficient at higher altitude rather than hydraulic heating which is not very good with high altitudes. Furthermore, electric heating is also easier to manage, with the temperature thermostat more easily controlled.

Whichever system you choose, both work to heat the floor almost evenly and concentrically, which reduces the uncomfortable cold floor feeling underneath your feet. It is all dependent upon what you are looking for in a heating system, whether it is quick heating application or a cost effective low maintenance heating, or just purely something, that is energy efficient and inexpensive.
About the Author
Anna Stenning has had plenty of experience consulting with underfloor heating specialists, having recently installed electric underfloor heating at home.
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