Underfloor heating is a fantastic way to keep the house warm, but does it pose as a reliable alternative to standard heating systems and is it worth the money?
Underfloor heating involves the use of either a water based or electrical system. In the ‘wet’ water system hot water is run through pipes to transfer heat, whereas in the ‘dry’ system electric coils are used to generate heat.
Costs will vary greatly and mainly depend on whether you opt for an electric or water-based system. Costs also depends on how many rooms you want to heat, the age of the house and the material of the flooring.
Electric systems typically cost around £75 per square meter for pre fitted underfloor heating mats. Loose electric cables will cost around £100 per meter. Water based systems cost a lot more, and prices can run into thousands of pounds for small areas of space.
If you decide to get it fitted using someone else, installation costs will incur. Electrician fees, heating controls and additional insulation will also increase the price.
Electric systems are much easier to install and can actually be installed DIY, whereas water-based system require an expert to be called in. Electric systems are also much cheaper to install than water-based systems, so this needs to be strongly considered as well. However, water-based systems are more energy efficient and cheaper to run as they only need water at a fairly low temperature.
The type of heating that you opt for can also depend on the type of flooring you have.