Underfloor heating has increased in popularity over recent years. Technology has moved on at such a pace, that the installation of a wet underfloor heating system is a cost-effective option for many homes and businesses too.
Underfloor heating costs depend not only on the system you choose to install but the size of the area to be heated. There are also other variable that impact on the cost of underfloor heating, such as the conditions in your property.
Wet underfloor heating costs tend to be more expensive than dry or electric underfloor heating but, it is an investment worth making as the wet or water underfloor heating system is far more efficient.
Calculating the underfloor heating installation cost
All underfloor heating kits and systems give the cost of their installation as per m². But there are many variables to this figure thus, any company who gives a bold cost per m², are either guessing or adding on significant margins!
For example, you may want to add the latest in app-controller thermostat technology. Or, you may want to add a thermostat per room, or have one single point of control for the whole area.
Other factors that affect underfloor heat cost include:
- The type of system being installed
- The floor construction in situ, e.g. screed floor, floor boards and so on
- The size of the system being installed
- The cost of a professional installation team, if using.
The installation of underfloor heating in some properties is not difficult and can be completed quickly and easily. Most kits come with everything that is needed, including pump, mixing valves and digital thermostat and enough pipe to cover a certain amount of floor.
Kits are also available as single-room installation kits, or multi-zoned kits.
Running costs of underfloor heating
The running costs of such as system depend on several factors such as the size of the building, insulation levels, efficiency of the boiler or heat pump and so on.
Wet underfloor heating systems tend to at a typical temperature of 50 °c, or lower, whereas radiators tend to run at 70° to 90°C. The efficiency gains are clear to see.