Hydronic Or Electric – Which Is Best For Underfloor Heating?
in Hydronic Heating by Michael Eagleton

Underfloor heating offers benefits for beyond those of comfort for our feet – it helps to keep entry and bathroom floors dry, it can reduce heating bills, and it’s an allergy-free solution (great for those with asthma). The most common options seen in Australia are electric and hydronic (hot water), both of which have their fair share of benefits and drawbacks.


These systems consist of electric cables that have been built into the floor as strings, mesh and mats. Radiant heat is generated by electricity passing through the cables. This option is generally cheaper and easier to install than hydronic, but it is more expensive to run. As such, it is really only used to heat a single room (such as a family bathroom or ensuite).


These systems are fast becoming the dominant option for new homes, especially with the popularity of polished concrete floors. Radiant heat is generated by heated water that passes through a network of pipes that run beneath the floor. The major benefit of this option is that the boiler used to heat the water can be powered by energy efficient and environmental means.

We hope that the information provided here has given you a much better idea of whether hydronic or electric underfloor heating will best meet your needs. At the end of the day, if you’re hoping to heat more than just a single room, a hydronic system will provide to be the more affordable option in the long run. Contact the team at Cambro Hydronic Heating for more information.

But why should you choose underfloor heating in the first place? There are plenty of reasons why these systems are so desirable, including:

Does your choice of flooring matter?

In short, no. All types of flooring, from natural stone and timber floorboards through to carpet and linoleum, are compatible. Just keep in mind that some special considerations may have to be made. If you are set on using floorboards, for example, you will need to test its moisture content just to be safe (as solid timber will dry and shrink when exposed to heat).

Are there any vents or ducts?

No. The main reason behind the popularity of underfloor systems is that essentially all the elements are hidden beneath the floor. This provides you with the freedom to place your furniture wherever you want in the room, as well as improves the appearance of your home as a whole. The lack of vents and ductwork also means that your home will be kept cleaner for longer.

Does it require much maintenance?

No. Another fantastic thing about this type of heating is that it’s relatively maintenance free. Although it is recommended that you have the system professionally serviced every couple of years, there isn’t really anything else that you need to do to keep it in tiptop condition. You’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the warmth instead of fixing the heater.