Is Underfloor Heating Worth It?

July 19th 2022

People love to customise their house and truly make it a warm, welcoming home. It is always great to step foot inside and get a sense of personality and a fortress of solitude away from our busy day-to-day lives and commitments.

The way we heat our homes can do the same, such as underfloor heating. Can you imagine kicking off your cold, wet shoes from an uncomfortable soggy day to then stepping on a welcoming warmth beneath your feet? Absolute bliss.

Not only could it customise our homes to make them meet our comfort needs, but could they also be more sustainable? Can only affluent homeowners afford it? Is underfloor heating even worth it?

Here we briefly go through several pros and cons of the main two types of underfloor heating; you can decide if one of them is right for you and your home.

What is underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is steering away from the conventional method of heating our homes using traditional radiators, usually placed at one corner of a room. Traditional radiators use convection currents to heat your home. However, this method can often create cold spots where the current cools, which we do not want. Often traditional radiators have to work a lot harder than an underfloor heating system to get rid of cold spots and have more evenly spread heat. Underfloor heating uses a mixture of convection and radiant heat spanning a wider surface area than just a radiator at the far side of a room.

Underfloor heating aims to hide it under the floorboards (or other material used) to heat the room evenly across a wider surface, replacing the need for radiators altogether. Goodbye, cold spots! Alternatively, a method can add an inch or so on top of the floor using heated panels to avoid the need for a more extensive renovation or digging/ levelling task.

There are two main types of underfloor heating. Electrical uses a system of electrical cables or a water-based system which flows water pipes to heat your floor using your boiler. You might like to consider a few things before you decide which one is for you and whether it is suitable for your home.

Electrical Underfloor Heating Vs Water Based Underfloor Heating.

Electrical-based underfloor heating is much easier, quicker, and potentially cheaper to install than its water-based rival. That said, it can have 3x more expensive running costs. With the rise in heating and gas prices, this may not be the best option for some, although it still has the potential to be cheaper to run than the traditional radiator. Both can be more efficient to run than radiators, potentially reducing the energy bill.

Even though water-based is more efficient and has cheaper running costs than electrical, it can have a longer, more complicated installation process, meaning it could be better for new builds, but doesn't eliminate older houses from getting a water-based system installed. It might just take a little more effort, and depending on the house, the levelling process might be more complicated.

Water-based systems are considered the better choice when heating multiple rooms in your home as you can choose which room is heated even with the underfloor heating. Whereas the electrical ones may be the better option if it is just the one room such as a bathroom, living room, or master bedroom due to the fact if used in multiple rooms, the rooms that are as busy and less time is spent there, energy can be wasted heating a space which is not used.

Whichever one you decide is the best for your home, we can have confidence that they can be cheaper to run than traditional radiators and have a much longer lifespan making them have the potential to be more affordable in the long term. The rise in heating and gas prices could mean a warmer home for less when choosing the proper underfloor heating.

To sum up, water-based underfloor heating:

  • Cheaper to run
  • More expensive to instal
  • Much better for new builds
  • Not so suitable for single rooms
  • Much better for larger areas
  • More energy-efficient than conventional radiators
  • Much Longer lifespan than radiators

Electric underfloor heating systems:

  • Easier to install
  • Better for one or smaller rooms
  • Not so efficient for multiple rooms
  • Not so cheaper to run
  • More energy-efficient than conventional radiators
  • Much Longer lifespan than radiators
  • Cheaper to install.

The general costs vary from household to household, but you could expect roughly £20 to £40 per metre squared.

To discuss further if underfloor heating might be proper for you, enquire today. Or browse through the wide range of services available. You can visit our website here.

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