The true costs of underfloor heating


Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular around the country as homeowners look for an energy efficient way to heat up their property.

With this guide to underfloor heating you’ll find out everything you need to know such as the running costs and benefits of this wonderful technology.

Why should I have underfloor heating?

Before you even start to think of the cost, it’s probably a good idea to consider the benefits of underfloor heating. Essentially, many people turn to underfloor heating because of its heightened efficiency. It’s installed under the floor and as heat naturally rises, the room gets an even distribution of warmth. As such, you won’t have to worry about cold spots. Radiators have a more intense heat but don’t do an effective job of reaching the whole room.

What type of underfloor heating is best?

When it comes to underfloor heating there are two types to consider. These are the ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ systems. Wet systems are probably best for new build homes or if you’re renovating a particular room. Conservatories are also a great place for wet underfloor heating. Pipework is installed underneath the flooring and connected to your home’s central heating.

Dry systems are easier to install because wires are fitted beneath the flooring and are connected to your electrics. This will probably cost you more, but over time you’ll save money on running expenses.

Can I fit underfloor heating?

If you fancy yourself as a handy DIYer then you’ll probably be wondering if you can save money by fitting the technology yourself. In this regards you can prepare the floor and lay the cable or matting, but it’s best if a qualified electrician does the rest.

How much does underfloor heating cost to run?

Now that you know a little more about underfloor heating you’ll be keen to know just how much it costs to run. After all, you don’t want to be spending a fortune when stretched for money as it is.

There are quite a few factors that need to be taken into consideration though, such as the age of your property and the level of insulation you have installed.

But generally, with underfloor heating you can expect savings of around 20% on your yearly heating bill. As a general rule of thumb, electric systems typically cost more to run, but ‘wet’ underfloor heating will set you back more in installations costs. It’s all swings and roundabouts.

How much does electric underfloor heating cost?

Electric underfloor heating is generally the most popular of the two, mainly because it’s easier to install and cheaper to run. Cable systems cost around £200 per 5 square metres. Any larger than this and you’re best with a cable mat, which is slightly more expensive at £225 per 5 square metres.

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