I am refurbing an Edwardian end terrace, and plan to put underfloor heating in the kitchen (approx 7sqm) and the two bathrooms (both tiny). Is it worth the extra expense to install wet versus the higher cost of running electric when it is such a small area?
Thanks :)

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  • Tony Taylor

    If you intend to use the areas for short periods of time, electric UFH would be fine. I would suggest you go with a wet system if you intend to run it for longer periods, assuming you already have a wet heating system (Boiler and radiators.

    Hope this helps.

    Tony
    http://www.smartgreenengineer.co.uk

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Tony,
    I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and it would be our primary heat source there, so I guess wet is the way to go. Would you run the wet to the bathrooms as well? They are on 1st and 2nd floors of house. Thanks!

  • Tony Taylor

    Hi,

    Wet UFH consists of one or more loops buried in the floor construction, each loop being terminated in a distribution manifold. This manifold also requires a wiring centre, thermostat(s) and actuators.

    A manifold/wiring centre combination is required on each floor level, so in your case you would need three of them, assuming your kitchen is on the ground floor. Clearly this is an expensive option for small rooms.

    I would suggest you go for a wet system in the kitchen and electric in the two bathrooms. The simplified controls for the electric systems will keep the cost down, and providing you use them for limited periods, your energy use should be minimal as well.

    Hope this helps.

    Tony
    http://www.smartgreenengineer.co.uk

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