Guide to Underfloor Heating running costs
Underfloor heating running costs will vary depending on your house and the specifics of the system you have installed. However, this guide aims to take the mystery out of the running costs and give you a rough estimate of how much you can expect to pay.
What are the benefits of having underfloor heating?
Before worrying about the cost of running underfloor heating, first you might like to learn the benefits of having it installed. One of the main reasons choose to have underfloor heating installed is that it is an efficient way of heating your home, as it gently warms a large surface area at a low temperature. Compare this to a radiator, which heats a small area intensely. The underfloor heating is better dispersed, relying on hot air to rise to the top of the room, before cooling down and returning to where it can be felt.
What type of underfloor heating should I get?
There are two types of underfloor heating systems, water-fed and electric. Water-fed systems are also called “wet systems” and are particularly suited to new builds, where the sub floor can be constructed to accommodate the pipe work. If you want to install a system in a current house without underfloor heating, an electric system would work best as the heating cable is better suited.
A hot water system is generally cheaper to run than an electric underfloor heating. However, an electric system is generally easier and cheaper to install. So it is up to you whether you would like the hefty initial investment with lower running costs of an electric system, or a cheaper installation cost but higher running costs of a wet system.
Can I install underfloor heating myself?
A keen DIYer should be able to prepare the floor and lay the cable or matting, however installing the actual system is best left to a fully qualified electrician or plumber, depending on the sort of system you opt for.
How much does underfloor heating cost to run?
If you are wondering “How much does it cost to run underfloor heating?” then you’ve come to the right place! However, working out the specific costing can be complicated, as it depends on a multitude of factors. For example, the age of your building as well as the current insulation will all have an effect.
Generally speaking, you can expect to save around 20% on your current heating bill, over an annual period. If you are interested in specifics, check out Warmup, they have recently completed an extensive test procedure on their underfloor heating cost to run , and say that their systems cost around 0.6p sq meter per hour to run.
Electric underfloor heating running costs tend to be higher than water-fed systems, but as mentioned earlier, the latter is more expensive to install. If you want more details and to find out specifically how much does it cost to run underfloor heating if your specific situation, then you should contact a local manufacture, who should be able to give you a better idea.
How much does electric underfloor heating cost?
Before you pay for the running costs, you need to pay for the actual system itself! A cable system covering around 5 square meters would cost you about £200. If you want to cover a larger room, a cable mat would be more appropriate, and that will cost about £225 per 5 square meters.
If you are interested in Handyheat carbon film, which can be use directly below laminate flooring, then you’re looking at costs of around £250 per 5 square meters. If you have vinyl or carpet, then you might want to use Heat-Pak, which will cost considerably more at £350 per 5 square meters. (See also – Guide to underfloor heating cost)