Advantages of electric heating systems

Cost and comfort benefits of electric heating

An electric underfloor heating or infrared heating from ETHERMA in combination with electricity from renewable energies is ideal for a zero-emission house (Zero Emission Home - more information here: In combination with a photovoltaic system, you can create a completely self-sufficient house. And: It also convinces with the cost advantages.


Up to 50% cheaper than heat pumps.

According to a model calculation of the European EUHA study from 2021 by the ITG Institute, the one-off investment costs for electric underfloor heating are around a third cheaper than a gas condensing boiler with hydraulic underfloor heating and even more than 50 percent cheaper than a heat pump with hydraulic underfloor heating. In addition, there are annual maintenance and repair costs for both gas heating and the heat pump, while the electric heating is operated maintenance-free over its entire life cycle.

Advantages over hydraulic/water-based underfloor heating.

In contrast to classic water-based heating systems with hydraulics, both electric underfloor heating and infrared heating do not require any maintenance, are not subject to wear and tear and provide faster heat output. Modern electric heating systems work directly because the water does not have to be heated first. The result: There are no losses through the boiler and water pipes. In addition, there is the individual room control, with which individual rooms can be heated immediately. With water-based heating, on the other hand, the entire house is heated up, which takes time due to inertia and causes costs that may not even be necessary. In the transitional period, you often only want to heat rooms with an increased heat requirement, such as living rooms or bathrooms. In short: The fast, targeted and direct heat from electric heating systems offers significant efficiency and savings advantages in everyday life.

50 years average lifespan instead of 18 years.

Even with an average useful life of 50 years, electric underfloor heating is impressive. Gas condensing boilers and heat pumps have to be replaced after an average of 18 years, which causes considerable costs.

Space gain for your house.

In addition, no separate room in the basement is required for electric underfloor or infrared heating - there is also no need for a pellet store. This way you either save construction costs or have more usable space available.

No maintenance costs.

Every conventional heating system requires annual paid maintenance and is significantly more error-prone due to its complexity. These expenses are completely eliminated for electric underfloor or infrared heating systems.

Direct heat without losses adjustable for each room.

The heat can be regulated individually for each room and, in contrast to sluggish hydraulic underfloor heating, it is available immediately. In practice, this results in a significantly lower heating requirement, especially with infrared heating, than in the theoretical calculation bases.

Optimal in combination with Smart Home and ventilation.

In combination with a smart home solution and ventilation with heat recovery, this can be further optimized, especially if the house is not used e.g. during working hours. An automatic ventilation solution with heat recovery is definitely recommended for modern, highly insulated houses, as these houses are very airtight and there is no natural air exchange. Ventilation ensures an optimal and comfortable room climate with balanced humidity and thus also prevents possible mold damage to the building fabric.

Conclusion: It is worthwhile for you several times over

Anyone who builds energy-efficiently with electric surface heating or infrared heating from ETHERMA as well as photovoltaics, ventilation with heat recovery and efficient hot water generation receives subsidies, saves significant costs on investments and over the entire life cycle and also increases living comfort and quality of life. An ecologically and economically sensible overall solution can be optimized even further with an eligible energy storage solution for solar power.

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