Underfloor heating- Types, Benefits and Costs

The very idea of installing underfloor heating for your home sounds alluring, doesn’t it? Just the thought of warm feet all day long! How much does underfloor heating cost anyway? Is it expensive? Not really.

In fact, underfloor heating can help you save costs on more than one front. Plus, it offers a number of advantages over all other kinds of heating. Read on.

Benefits of underfloor heating:

  1. Underfloor heating results in less air and dust movement. This is why UFH is considered highly hygienic, ideal for those with dust or pollen allergy.
  2. Eliminates radiators and makes the room more spacious. Also, it doesn’t easily gather dust or grease, meaning less cleaning.
  3. UFH runs on independent thermostat. For instance, if your kitchen is already too hot, you can switch off the heating in the kitchen, keeping it on across the rest of the house.
  4. Even and gentle distribution of heat around the house with very little wastage on ceiling height.
  5. Reduced heat demands equals lower electricity bills. A radiator can be as hot as 75°C, while a UFH system has a much lower and safer surface temperature between 25-27°C.
  6. Besides that, it rarely, if ever, requires maintenance. The only major costs associated with UFH is for installation. We’ll discuss more about this below.
  7. It’s absolutely safe, especially for those with kids or pets, as it doesn’t have any hazardous wall projections or hot surfaces poking out.

How underfloor heating works?

We know that warm air rises and cool air descends towards the ground. This is the basic principle behind underfloor heating. It heats the ground first, and as the hot air rises up, it heats the entire room by convection. This method of heating is also called radiant heating.

Old fashioned radiators, on the other hand, heat up the walls and the air above it at a much higher temperature. This in turn results in cold floors and loss of heat from the roofs. Clearly, you can feel the comfortable heat sooner with radiant UFH.

Radiant underfloor heating is better than conventional radiator central heating.

Which underfloor heating is best?

There are several types of UFH, and the most popular ones are electric and water based systems. The former uses electricity to heat a very thin wire running under the floor. On the other hand, the water system circulates warm water through pipes.

Electric UFH is preferable as it offers more pros. For instance, the water UFH requires you to raise the floor levels which is not feasible in small areas. Also, installation of electric UFH is cheaper and they are more suitable for hard-to-get-to spaces. However, electric UFH running costs are higher than water based systems.

Cost of underfloor heating

Installation costs can vary widely, depending on a number of factors. DIY kits are available in the market for electric UFH, but we recommend calling an expert. Besides the electric mats, you’ll also need an insulation board, screed and heating controls.

On the other hand, installing a wet system is definitely going to cost you more. Furthermore, it’s difficult to recoup your initial investment with water based systems. If you want to save costs, it’s always a good idea to pay attention to the insulation.

Whichever system you choose, you’ll need to call a qualified expert to link the system to your electricity supply and connect a sensor that works the thermostat.

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If you want to find out which type of underfloor heating works best for you, give us a call or drop a message. We’ll suggest one perfect to fit your needs.

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