Underfloor Heating Systems

underfloor heating systems

Economical, and Cost Effective way to heat your home!

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.

What are the (aprox.) running costs for underfloor heating?

 

Approximate cost of heating a room electronically

There are many factors to take into consideration these will include:

  • room size
  • running time
  • room insulation

Calculations are based on using 10mm insulation boards. For a more accurate overview of approximate running costs, see the table below:

Approximate Running Costs for Underfloor Heating

Hours 2m2 4m2 5m2 10m2 15m2 25m2
1 2.36p 4.72p 5.90p 11.81p 17.71p 29.52p
2 4.30p 8.61p 10.76p 21.52p 32.28p 53.81p
3 6.25p 12.49p 15.62p 31.23p 46.85p 87.08p
4 8.10p 16.20p 20.26p 40.51p 60.77p 101.28p
5 10.13p 20.26p 25.32p 50.64p 75.96p 126.60p
6 11.94p 23.89p 29.86p 59.72p 89.59p 149.31p
7 13.93p 27.85p 34.82p 69.63p 104.45p 174.08p
8 15.83p 31.66p 39.57p 79.15p 118.72p 197.87p

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.

Correct Insulation will Save Money

Taking control of heating

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.

Electric vs Gas

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.

Underfloor heating vs central heating

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*.

Which underfloor heating system is best for you?

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.

Electric Underfloor Heating

  • Easy to install
  • Cheaper to install in smaller areas ie kitchens/bathrooms
  • Can be retro fitted into existing rooms with minimum disruption
  • Will only increase floor height from as little as 3mm
  • Can choose wattage output for different scenarios

Water Underfloor Heating

  • Generally cheaper to run than electric heating
  • Cheaper to install in new builds and full refurbishments
  • Can be run using Air Source Heat Pumps for low energy usage
  • Systems can be remotely controlled via PC/ipad/mobile phone
  • Perfect for large areas and multiple rooms