Switching to electric heating as a primary or comfort heating source is a future-proof decision​

Friday, November 18, 2022

An energy efficient approach to electric heating​

With energy costs – including the cost of electricity – rising in most European countries, the last thing on peoples’ minds might be switching to electric heating as a primary or comfort heating source for their homes. But could it be that electric has much more potential than people think? 

Renewable energy source

European Commission targets

The European Commission has set a target for 40% of residential heating to be sourced from electricity by 2030, and up to 70% by 2050.​

The thought behind this is that if electricity is supplied by renewable energy sources, it represents a more environmentally-friendly power source than fossil fuels and a way for us to significantly decrease CO2 emissions and mitigate climate change.​

Step to net zero with electric heating

Step to net zero​

This is a critical step on the path to net zero, which is why the Commission aims to meet 84% of electricity demand with electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050 and mitigate climate change.

Electric underfloor heating plays a central role in these plans. Research shows that the most cost-efficient heating solution for highly insulated residential buildings is electric underfloor heating used in combination with photovoltaics. 

Electric heating benefits

Benefits of electric underfloor heating​

A comfortable ambient temperature and quick response time are just a couple of the benefits electric heating offers. Learn more about these and other benefits of electric heating.​

A heating solution for today and tomorrow

To meet the European Union’s ambitious climate targets and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, we need to make residential buildings more energy efficient. This involves improving building insulation and increasing on-site production of renewable electricity, so residential buildings can eventually be self-sustaining, using energy they produce themselves.

Electricity-based space heating technology, including electric underfloor heating, will play a vital role in this transition. If you calculate in the fact that electric underfloor heating is projected to be cheaper for consumers than traditional gas, liquid and solid fuel technologies, it’s clear that electric underfloor heating is an energy- and cost-efficient option for a home heating solution. The future is indeed electric.​

Solar-powered heating

Solar-powered heating

Find out how the combination of electric underfloor heating and photovoltaics met the energy efficiency requirements for an Energy plus, near-zero housing complex in Koblenz, Germany. ​

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