Electric Vs Hydronic Floor Heating

 There is nothing more comforting than a warm floor during the winter days. There is no denying the fact that when your feet stays warm your entire body is at a comfortable state. However, many of the times it is seen that homeowners are confused about the kind of floor heating to install. It becomes difficult to decide whether to install electric radiant floor heating or the hydronic floor heating. A lot of factors like efficiency, cost-effectiveness and ease of maintenance plays an important role in the decision making process. In order to know which system would be better for your home you would need to know the features, the advantages, and the disadvantages of both these systems.

 Here it must be noted that hydronic system works far better if you already have a hydronic pump, valves, and other related hydronic plumbing instruments. However, the expenses incurred to install hydronic floor heating with all its accessories can be higher. On the contrary warming a bathroom floor can be much faster, easier and pocket-friendly with the help of electric radiant floor heating. Also installations of hydronic floor heating require extensive construction and they need quite a lot of maintenance. This is because the parts of a hydronic floor heating wear out quite often and then it requires professional intervention.

 The advantages of electric radiant floor heating include ease of installation, simple maintenance and convenient zoning of heat requirement. Moreover, electric radiant heating are suitable for heating small surface areas and as these systems do not rely on hot water for the heating purpose, they integrate well with houses which uses forced air heating.

Now let us have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both electric radiant heating and hydronic floor heating.

The advantages of electric radiant floor heating are:

• The installation process is quite simple and is apt for remodel projects
• The labor costs are very less
• It is possible to zone heating as per requirement
• The heating of electric radiant floor heating can run on a timer

The disadvantages of electric radiant floor heating are:

• It uses large amount of electricity
• It has a more expensive energy bill
• It can get quite difficult these systems in large spaces or homes
• The system is primarily designed for comfort and not as a heating source

To put it simply, electric radiant floor heating are perfect for bathrooms and small spaces.

Similarly the advantages and the disadvantages of hydronic floor heating are the following.

The advantages are:

• The floor slab becomes one big heated mass for gentle warmth
• The structure of the house can easily hold in heat
• The heat generated remains constant for a long period of time
• Once mass of the home has reached a desired level of temperature very less energy is required to maintain it
• The system does not have any visible ducts
• It does great energy savings

The disadvantages of hydronic floor heating are:

• The installation and labor costs are higher than that of electric systems
• The system is more complex and not very good for scale remodels
• The hydronic floor heating is not much suitable for home owners who turn on and off heat several times in day.

Last but not the least, the ease of installation and pocket friendly prices makes the electric radiant floor heating a more attractive choice among homeowners.



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