Underfloor Heating

1 April 2022 – 3 Minute Read

How much is underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating costs upwards of £5,000 for installation in a new build property. Installing underfloor heating into a property will cost more because it involves lifting the existing floor. Typically, an underfloor heating system will cost £20 per square metre for a wet system, or £17 per square metre for a dry system. The overall cost of underfloor heating depends on the type of property, size and heating system required.

How does underfloor heating work?

There are 2 types of underfloor heating which work in different ways. Wet underfloor heating works by using a pipe system under the floor level. Warm water runs through the pipes to heat the floor and room. Dry underfloor heating works through thin wires which run under the flooring. This wiring heats up and warms the floor surface.

Is underfloor heating expensive to run?

Electric underfloor heating costs around 10p per square metre for 6 hours of use. That means heating a standard-sized bathroom in the morning and evening would cost roughly £3 a month. This is significantly cheaper and more energy efficient than some other heating options, such as electric heaters or radiators.

Is underfloor heating worth it?

Underfloor heating is a big investment when it comes to installation but can be cheaper and more energy efficient to run than traditional heating. For a new build house, underfloor heating is cheaper to install and could definitely be worth the extra cost. For older properties, the cost of installing underfloor heating could be too much to be worth it.

How long does underfloor heating take to warm up?

Underfloor heating in a tiled bathroom can reach optimal temperatures in 20 minutes. The time it takes for underfloor heating to heat up varies depending on the size of the room, types of the system and type of flooring.

Can you have underfloor heating with carpet?

Yes, dry and wet underfloor heating systems can be used with carpet. Most underfloor heating suppliers will not fit underfloor heating in a room with carpet which is higher than 2 tog but carpet that is 2 tog or less works perfectly with underfloor heating.

Is underfloor heating better than radiators?

Wet underfloor heating systems are 25% more efficient than radiators because the water is not heated to as high a temperature. Underfloor heating also spreads the heat more evenly throughout the room, as opposed to a radiator which heats one area.

Can you have underfloor heating with wooden floors?

You can have underfloor heating with wooden floors; however, they are not as effective as other floor types. Because hardwood flooring is not a good conductor of heat, the system needs to be kept on for longer and at a higher temperature than with tile or stone floors.

Can you lay vinyl over underfloor heating?

Yes, you can lay vinyl over underfloor heating. Vinyl flooring heats up and cools down quickly, making it a good option for underfloor heating. However, there is usually a temperature restriction of 27 degrees, making this type of flooring only suitable for low heat loss areas.

What temperature should underfloor heating be set at?

The ideal temperature for underfloor heating is 21 degrees but this varies from person to person. Many people choose to have bedrooms cooler and bathrooms warmer than this.