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Is Underfloor Heating Worth It?

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating has become increasingly popular as homeowners seek efficient, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing heating solutions. But with the rise in interest comes a common question: is underfloor heating worth it? In this blog, we'll explore the costs, benefits, and considerations to help you decide if underfloor heating is the right choice for your home.

Understanding the Costs

How Much is Underfloor Heating?

The cost of underfloor heating can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the type of system (electric UFH or wet UFH), the size of the area being heated, and the complexity of the installation. If you’re looking for underfloor heating on a budget, then look no further than Harmoni Heating. However, if you’re after a premium underfloor heating system, the Schluter range is perfect. You will also need to consider an underlay for your underfloor heating system. Underfloor heating matting and decoupling membranes are designed to work together with your underfloor heating system to provide optimal heat distribution and protection against movement for your floors. If using matting such as Dura Original Heat Mat with underfloor heating cable, the initial cost may be higher however you can tile directly onto this which will save you time compared to a system where the cabling is woven into the matting, as this requires self-levelling compound and you will not be able to tile until this has set. Also when considering costs, installation also adds to the overall expense, so it's essential to get detailed quotes from reputable suppliers and installers.

Is Underfloor Heating Expensive to Run?

One of the main concerns for homeowners is the running cost of underfloor heating. The expense can depend on the type of system and energy prices in your area. Electric underfloor heating is typically more expensive to run compared to water underfloor heating, as it relies on electricity, which can be costlier. However, it offers quicker heat-up times and easier installation. Water-based systems, while more expensive to install, can be more cost-effective in the long run, especially if connected to an energy-efficient heat source. The Warmup 6iE Thermostat is packed with innovative technologies that optimise energy usage and provide suggestions for energy-saving practices. By following the thermostat's recommendations and utilising the Warmup AutoSwitch Smartphone app, homeowners can save hundreds of pounds on their heating bills. In fact, using the 6iE with the AutoSwitch app could save you over £400 on your annual energy bills. You can choose an UFH thermostat to suit your home, from WiFi thermostats, touchscreen thermostats, programmable thermostats and manual thermostats.

Evaluating the Value

Is Electric Underfloor Heating Worth It?

Electric Underfloor Heating Systems are an efficient and effective way to heat your rooms. A series of electrical underfloor heating wire is designed to quickly offer heat to your room; electric floor heating offers a less bulky and intrusive option than water underfloor heating. Electric underfloor heating systems are worth considering for smaller areas or rooms that require occasional heating, such as bathrooms. They offer flexibility and ease of installation, plus many of the underfloor heating mats we offer are ready to use out of the box, with cable woven through lightweight mesh, and a relatively low initial cost. However, for larger spaces or whole-house heating, the running costs can be higher compared to water-based systems. Therefore, electric underfloor heating is best suited for targeted areas where you want quick and controllable warmth.

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Is Bathroom Underfloor Heating Worth It?

Bathrooms are one of the most popular areas for underfloor heating installation. Stepping onto a warm floor after a shower can be a luxurious experience, and underfloor heating helps to quickly dry out any moisture, reducing the risk of mould and mildew. Schluter DITRA-HEAT-E-WS Wall Heating Kits can be used in bathrooms as an alternative to traditional towel radiators to help keep the room warm whilst also drying towels and keeping them warm. Given the small size of most bathrooms, the running costs are relatively low, making bathroom underfloor heating a worthwhile investment for both comfort and hygiene.

Is Wet Underfloor Heating Worth It?

Water underfloor heating systems circulate warm water through a network of underfloor heating pipes, controlled by a central manifold. This allows for precise temperature adjustments in different zones of your home, making it easy to customise your comfort level. Water underfloor heating systems are an excellent choice for larger areas or entire homes. Although the initial installation cost is higher due to the complexity of fitting pipes and connecting to a boiler or heat pump, the long-term running costs can be significantly lower. These systems are highly efficient and can work well with renewable energy sources, making them a sustainable option for home heating.

Is Underfloor Heating Worth It in the Kitchen?

Kitchens are another popular area for underfloor heating. They are often the heart of the home and a place where people spend a lot of time, making comfort a priority. Underfloor heating in the kitchen can free up wall space that would otherwise be taken up by radiators, offering more design flexibility. Given the frequent use of the kitchen, and a high likelihood of having cold stone, ceramic or porcelain tiles, having a warm floor can enhance the overall comfort and usability of the space, making it a worthwhile consideration for investment.

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Is It Worth Getting Underfloor Heating?

The decision to install underfloor heating ultimately depends on your specific needs, budget, and the areas of your home you want to heat. For targeted areas like bathrooms and kitchens, electric underfloor heating can provide quick, comfortable warmth at a reasonable cost. For whole-house heating or larger spaces, water-based systems offer efficiency and lower long-term running costs. Both systems add value by improving comfort and providing more usable space by eliminating the need for radiators.

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Before making a decision, it's essential to consult with professionals, get multiple quotes, and consider your long-term heating needs and energy consumption. With the right system and proper installation, underfloor heating can be a valuable addition to your home, enhancing comfort and efficiency.

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For more information on underfloor heating options, call our experienced sales team on 0330 320 9900 or email us on at [email protected].