Comparing Costs: Is Water Underfloor Heating Worth the Investment in Your House?

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Poor insulation and a cold home increase the risk of respiratory illness.

Are you considering installing underfloor heating but not sure if its worth it? Not to worry! We are going to discuss the ways to heat your floors and some of the benefits. You’ll want this installation in no time.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Underfloor Heating Benefits

Underfloor heating is a wonderful investment for any home. 

It’s a unique method to keep your home cozy and warm. Heat’s distributed throughout each room in an even manner.

There aren’t any large radiators required, so it’s a beautiful space saver. You’ll have more room for paintings, windows, or shelving units on your walls. 

When you walk barefoot, you won’t have cold feet. This is great for when you’re getting out of the shower or bath. Even if the windows are open, your floors stay warm. 

If you have a suitably sized unit, it will work at a lower temperature. This, in turn, can reduce your heating bills.

Having underfloor heating can add value to your home’s selling price. This attracts buyers who are looking for a luxurious property. They are a worthwhile investment in the long run. 

Electric Underfloor Heating

Electric heating sheets or a series of wires get installed under your floor. Another option is installing within the flooring. They heat a bathroom’s cold tiles. 

Some people choose to have electric underfloor heating installed in one room. Most people have it set up in their bathroom and then the kitchen.

The installer places it on top of a layer of screed and then a layer of floor insulation. This ensures that the heat travels upwards.

You can have electric underfloor heating for almost any type of flooring. The type of system you install depends on how well insulated the room is and how large it is. The installer needs to know what the ground is like below.

For awkward or small spaces, the loose-fitting wiring is flexible enough to fit. Heating mats or electric cable systems cover larger areas. This is why they are a good choice for a kitchen.

Costs of Installing Electric Underfloor Heating

People like having a professional trader or company to install their underfloor heating. The installers will know what type of system to set up based on the room. They’ll also know how to prepare the ground.

If you’re someone who likes to get the work done yourself, you could install the cables or heating sheets. You’re going to need a certified electrician to connect the system to the main electric supply.

Find out who does these types of projects in your area. Ask around within your contacts for a trusted trader. Costs will include the underfloor heating mats, insulation board, heating controls, and screed.

Electric systems are more straightforward to fit and quite thin. They’re less of a hassle to install than a wet heating system. The wet heating system needs a lot of space. Your floor might need raising.

Electric underfloor heating is cheaper than a wet system to install. Yet, it’s more expensive to run. Most installers don’t suggest this form if you have a large area to heat.

Water Underfloor Heating

With a wet system, a series of pipes connect to your boiler. This circulates warm water throughout the floor space.

You can also join the underfloor water pipes to a solar water heating system. The other options are through a ground source heat pump or air source.

People tend to install this system in their kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Most people install it in two rooms. This makes it a more popular choice compared to electric underfloor heating.

Costs of Installing Water Underfloor Heating

This type of heating tends to be more energy efficient than radiators. It’s less expensive to run. Heat emits from an underfloor system and distributes compared to a single heater in a room.

The system uses water at a lower temperature for even warmth.

Depending on how energy efficient your home is will reveal how much you save on your energy bills over time.

A water underfloor heating system is pricier to fit in comparison to the electric system.

Call the Professional

An underfloor water system is more complicated than an electric underfloor mat. You should call in a professional to install the wet system. Plumbing connections and tests need running.

Connecting pipes lay under the floor to a central system connecting them together. Then they’re connected to the heating system. It’s fitted to a thermostat so you can regulate the temperature.

The floor needs insulation so the system can work well. You need enough space to accommodate this and the piping. Depending on your home, you may need to elevate the floor level.

It’s always easier to install water underfloor heating in a new build because you can adjust as you go along.

There are some lower floor systems where you can use this system in the room without needing to raise the floor. Check with your installer and see if this is possible in your home.

Contact Us Today

We hope you found this article helpful on underfloor heating. A water underfloor system is going to be more cost effective in the long run. Make sure you call a professional to do the work.

Want to learn more about this installation? Contact us today! We would love to chat with you about water underfloor heating.

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