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It is often assumed that running a whole-house underfloor heating systems will prove to be expensive when compared to a traditional gas central heating system.
With the constant and unpredictable rise in gas fuel and the prohibitive initial cost of installation involved, using all electrical systems is proving to be more cost effective.
There are many factors to take into consideration these will include:
Calculations are based on using 10mm insulation boards. For a more accurate overview of approximate running costs, see the table below:
During the initial heat-up period, as the system reaches its set temperature, the system is running at maximum power. After initial heat up, the system will only need to operate at only half-power to maintain the set temperature. In essence, the quicker the floor warms-up, the cheaper the system is going to be to run.
By insulating the floor properly with quality insulation boards, you can achieve a 50% reduction on the heat up period.
Traditional central heating systems are designed to run all the rooms of a house at the same time, regardless if they are being used or not. Electric systems, are designed to heat individual rooms as and when needed. Why waste money heating rooms you are not using? With electrical underfloor heating you can heat your home to suit your needs in turn make huge savings on your bills.
Since 2003 the UK has seen a 92% increase in gas fuel prices, according to the energy watchdog Energywatch, with electricity prices only increasing by just 54% over the same period.
Electric underfloor heating is proven to be 99% efficient at the point of use (when coupled with an efficient thermal liquid screed installation), making it the most energy efficient form of heating available now, gas boilers are renown for wasting energy due to the expulsion of exhaustible gases.
According to industry estimates the typical lifespan of traditional gas boiler system is on average 10 years, because underfloor heating systems have virtually no moving parts often come with a LIFETIME Warranty*.
There are 2 main types of Underfloor heating, electric & water, both of which do the same thing, warm the floor and therefore the room.
Whilst every job is not the same and we will where possible recommend the most cost effective and suitable system for your needs.