The pros and cons of underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is often associated with luxury but it may not be as expensive as you may initially think, agreed there are not many things more luxurious than the feeling of a warm, heated bathroom floor on a cold evening but UFH provides an affordable alternative to traditional heating systems such as radiators.  if you’re thinking of refurbishing underfloor heating can be a surprisingly affordable investment.

What is  UFH (underfloor heating)?

There are two types of underfloor heating – Wet underfloor heating or (…you guessed it) Dry underfloor heating

A ‘wet’ underfloor heating system pumps warm water through UFH pipes under the floor using the principle of heat rising through the floor.

Dry underfloor heating systems comprise of electric coils placed under the floor.

Below we inform you of the pros and cons of underfloor heating, the different types of underfloor heating systems available, how to install them and the costs involved.

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So what are the pros and cons of underfloor heating


Underfloor heating is secreted, hidden away and out of view, doing away with the clutter of radiators. And, due to the even distribution of heat, it is a fairly efficient way to heat a room.

Because radiators heat up the area immediately around them, this ends up being quickly dispersed upwards, and away from the desired area. On the other hand, a good underfloor heating system will heat a larger area.

This means radiators have to work harder for you to feel the effects, and require the water to be at a higher temperature to work effectively.

Alternately, underfloor heating works at a lower temperature. It is also possible to install yourself, and works particularly well with tiles and stone — making it a popular choice for bathrooms.

However, there are some important downsides to underfloor heating systems that you should consider before getting one installed.


One of the biggest downsides is cost — not from the system itself but from the cost of underfloor heating installation — making them particularly suitable for new-build properties or when you are already having work done on your floor.

Due to the lower temperatures, an underfloor heating system will also take longer to heat a room, so it is vital to combine it with a timer. They can also restrict what you can place on the floor as they can’t sit under particular fittings and items of furniture.



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Cost of installing underfloor heating 

Underfloor heating cost depends entirely on what system you opt for and whether you install it into a new-build (or install at the time of renovating an existing property) or not.

An electric system will  per-square-metre for pre-fitted underfloor heating mats, or per metre for the loose cables. Further costs come in the form of insulation to lay under the system, heating controls and electrician fees.

Water-based systems will cost significantly more, with total costs after installation running into thousands of pounds. While a water-based system will save you money, it won’t save you much, making it more of a luxury option than a money-saver.


Deciding if underfloor heating is for you

After reviewing the Pros and Cons of underfloor heating it’s time to decide whether its for you.

Underfloor heating is not necessarily a money saver, the Energy Saving Trust states that a water-based underfloor heating system will only save you on average a mere £20 a year

The majority of costs come from installation that underfloor heating is ideal when building a new-build home, or building a new room, bathroom or extension.

The main attraction for underfloor heating though is comfort. The way both types of systems heat a room mean not only will your feet be toasty and warm, but the heat through the room will be more evenly distributed and consistent.

For example, if you have a stone floor with underfloor heating built in, the heat will be retained, even when the window is open. Compared to the way radiator heat dissipates — the second a draft enters a room — that can be an attractive proposition.

Underfloor heating provides a very clean and minimal look. A bathroom with underfloor heating has no additional clutter created by bulky radiators.


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