Pros and Cons underfloor heating - does that make sense?
To compare the cost of an electric underfloor heating and a conventional, fossil-fueled or pellet heating system, we can not compare only the gas, pellet or electricity prices, but must also consider the initial cost. In addition, one should remember that gas and oil will not last forever, no later than the 1973 oil crisis should have taught us exactly that. Pellets are indeed an alternative, but looking at the objectives of the energy revolution, then this should certainly not to burn forests. In no country! Rather simple - cheap energy sources that produce as little CO² as possible. So ideally burn nothing. In Germany the favourites are photovoltaic and wind, in other countries, geothermal energy and hydropower or - albeit controversial - nuclear energy, such as in Finnland. So electricity clearly seems the coice to make states independent from imports, so it will be the energy of the future.
Does heating with electricity make sense? What are the costs?
Therefore the idea is certainly not wrong to heat with electricity, especially since this can also be easily produced "inhouse" thanks to photovoltaics. Energy storage heaters as well as energy-saving underfloor heating systems make the use cheap and uncomplicated. So in the short term costs can already be saved. But the development of energy prices can only be speculative, no one knows what gas, oil, electricity or pellets will cost in 3, 8 or 15 years. Then you have only a limited impact, and if so, then really only by your own photovoltaic system. Here manufacturers grant long-term guarantees around 20 years, also with respect to the electricity production ... so we are with electricity again ...
Cost electric floor vs. conventional heating system
Aside from that, let's assume an old building, for example, from the 1970s or even older. The entire heating system must be replaced, pipes, convectors, boilers, etc. to lay cables and re-plastering alone are already considerable expenses. In comparison, he electric underfloor heating is much cheaper to install. We are talking about more than half the cost. In addition, costs for chimney, chimney sweep and maintenance, the inevitable undoubtedly conventional heating accounts. The renowned manufacturers of electric underfloor heating systems provide long warranties - unlike to manufacturers of gas boilers,
In an electric floor heating, it depends on the energy mix!
Who now uses solar-assisted hot water, photovoltaic and heating mats for electric underfloor heating saves one hand thousands of euros when installing which compensate possibly higher operating costs for many years. In modern houses Hemstedt GREEN ELECTRIC MAT® is used as tile heater and as energy storage heater the GREEN ACCU MAT ® is used. In addition to a more pleasant, healthier radiant heat they use a safe and sustainable energy source. Due to the ongoing changes in the political arena about electricity the issue remains exciting and increasingly interesting. There are changes going on, not only throughout Europe but also throughout the world.