Underfloor heating is a great way to keep your home warm. It’s lovely to walk on, it distributes heat evenly around each corner of the room, and it frees your walls from radiators, making more space for paintings, shelf units or even picture windows - or allowing you to create a minimalist look if you wish.
However, it can also be very expensive to install, particularly in older houses, so you may need to think long and hard before making a decision.
Why don’t more people have it in their homes? We look at the pros and cons to help you decide whether it’s right for your property.
You can choose either electric underfloor heating (known as a ‘dry’ system) or water-based heating (this is known as ‘wet’ heating). Our table lets you look through the pros and cons of each, to help you decide which might suit you better.
Installation costs can vary hugely, depending on whether you choose an electric or water-based system, the number of rooms you want to heat, whether you’re fitting a new-build home, extension or an older building, and what kind of flooring you have.
Prices for roll-out mats for underfloor electric heating start at about £180 for 10 square metres*. Plus you’ll need to add in the costs of insulation board, screed and heating controls. You’ll also need to pay a qualified electrician to link it to your electricity supply (see ‘Can I install it myself?’ below).
The price of installing a ‘wet’ system can vary according to factors like whether the room you’re heating is on the ground floor, or how close it is to the boiler. However, it will almost certainly be more expensive than laying electric mats for a ‘dry’ system.
Yes – underfloor heating takes a while to get going, so you’ll need to set the timer to get it started in good time before you want to enjoy its warmth.
Before you invest in any underfloor heating equipment you should consult a specialist to help you decide which system is right for your home. They will also explain the difficulties and costs involved if you want to install it yourself.
It’s possible to carry out electric underfloor heating installation yourself if you’re confident with DIY techniques. However, if you choose a water-based system you will need a qualified professional to lay the pipes and connect them to your boiler. They will also need to lay insulation and screed.
Whichever system you choose, it should be linked to the electricity supply by a qualified electrician, who will also need to connect a sensor that works the thermostat.
Insulation is key – if you insulate your roof and walls and improve your heating system, your home will be warmer and you could save around £300 a year. What’s more, you’ll cut your home’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1.5 tonnes – so you’re helping the planet, too.
Some top tips:
Underfloor heating installation is expensive, so you may want to find other ways to save on your energy bills. To start with, make sure your home and all your electrical appliances are working as efficiently as possible. Here are some suggestions:
See our full energy saving guide for more details.
It also makes sense to consider switching providers. No matter which energy company you’re currently with, it’s always worth checking the market regularly to see if you could save money by switching.
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