Is Underfloor Heating Expensive To Run
Underfloor heating may seem like a luxury only seen in top end properties and new build apartments, but it is actually a very practical, energy efficient and cost effective way to evenly distribute heat around any home.
If you are considering upgrading your current heating system, or taking on a renovation project, now is an excellent time to consider installing underfloor heating. Many homeowners believe that the cost of this type of heating is prohibitive and that it will not only cost a fortune to install, but also to run. In this blog, we look at how underfloor heating could actually save you money and reduce your energy use.
How Does Underfloor Heating Work?
This kind of heating is provided by either a system that pumps warm water through piping under the floor, known as a “wet” system, or one that uses electric coils placed the floor, known as a “dry” system. Both systems work on the basic principle that heat rises, and the warmth from the floor spreads evenly as it is radiated around the room.
How Is Underfloor Heating Installed?
Both wet and dry underfloor heating systems are usually installed by professional heating engineers. They will be able to lay cabling underneath the floor, and a qualified electrician will need to attach the system to the electricity supply and connect it to your thermostat. The other import element of the installation is finding a suitable screed that will offer a high level of thermal conductivity.
How Much Does Underfloor Heating Cost To Install?
Different systems will cost differing amounts, but to give you a rough idea wet systems may cost slightly more than dry. This is only due to laying an extensive system of water pipes and is more labour intensive.
What Are The Running Costs Of Underfloor Heating?
A wet system can significantly cut the cost of your energy bills, and offers an Eco-friendly, safe and reliable way to heat the rooms in your house. The extra expenditure that you have had to pay out for the installation, can quickly be clawed back by the amount you save on energy bills each month.
Because these systems distribute the heat more evenly throughout the room, they can cost as much as 25% less to run than a traditional wall mounted radiator system.
Dry systems also offer significant benefits over and above radiators. The heater only runs at full power during the heat-up period as the floor reaches its set temperature. After this, it only needs to run at half power to keep the room cosy and warm. By combining the underground heating system with the right thermo conductive screed products, you could reduce you running costs by as much as 50%.
Underfloor Heating – A Cost Effective Option For Everyone
Not only does this type of heating help to reduce costs and improve energy efficiently, it will usually come with a much longer guarantee than a traditional boiler will. This means you can save money on expensive repairs and replacements over time. With gas prices constantly on the rise, both wet and dry underfloor heating systems offer a cost effective alternative for every home.
RB Liquid Screed For All Your Underfloor Heating Needs
Here at RB Liquid Screed, our liquid screed products are specifically designed to work with underfloor heating systems. We are experts at helping homeowners, builders and renovators to reduce costs and become more energy efficient with bespoke underfloor heating solutions.
Call us today on 01842 659498 / 07498 964984 see how we can turn underfloor heating into a reality for your next project.