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Electric and hydronic floor heating systems are both referred to as radiant floor heating systems. However, there are some significant differences and factors such as material cost, installation time, and reliability needs to be considered before making a choice on which type of radiant floor heating system to install. Below, we give you a quick synopsis of both.


All styles of electric floor heating systems contain an electric resistance heating wire. The electric floor heating system is installed just belowing the flooring material (usually within ½” of the flooring surface and when electricity passes through the wire, heat is produced and transferred to the floor covering above.

nVent NUHEAT Electric Floor Heating

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Hydronic floor heating systems utilize a series of pipes embedded in the concrete that forms the foundation/structure of the home. The pipes are typically embedded 4”- 6” below the flooring surface and connected to a manifold system. Water is heated by a central boiler and pumped throughout manifolds and into the pipes. The water in the pipes heats the concrete which transfers the heat through.

Hydronic Floor Heating 

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