Air Source Heat Pump Underfloor Heating Cost
Underfloor heating has always added a touch of luxury to a home. That makes it a popular choice for many homeowners, if they're willing to pay for it.
But how much will it cost? We not only look at the cost of underfloor heating, but also its advantages and disadvantages. Then, we'll explore the various scenarios where underfloor heating is highly recommended, not just a luxury.
Read our comprehensive guide to underfloor heating costs to find out everything you need to know!
How much does underfloor heating cost?
Underfloor heating typically costs between £2,000 and £10,000, but this can be expanded further if the project is particularly large. You also need to consider running costs, which again depend on the size of the installation.
Use about 4 square meters of floor heating in the bathroom. This will cost around £10-11 per month, although factors like the type of underfloor heating can also play a role (though not by much).
Factors Affecting Cost
There are many factors involved in accurately calculating the cost of underfloor heating. These include:
1. Whether the property is newly built
2. How much floor do you want to heat
3. Whether it is hot water or electric floor heating
For underfloor heating installations on newly built properties, this work is usually included in the construction process. This helps keep installation costs low because you don't have to retroactively add systems.
In addition to this, all the materials required for underfloor heating are usually priced together with the total cost of the property itself. This helps keep costs down as all the parts needed are usually available at transaction prices.
If you do want to add underfloor heating to an existing property, you need to consider the fact that you are paying for the work required to make the building fit into it. This may be relatively simple in modern buildings, but can become much more complex in older buildings.
Take, for example, a cottage in the countryside—one of those old cottages with solid stone floors. Installing underfloor heating is much more difficult here because you want to avoid damaging the stonework. If older buildings have raised wood floors, it may be easier, but still challenging.
An example of where underfloor heating is impossible or difficult to install is in a protected building. Often, their historic importance means that the risk of tearing up the floor to install underfloor heating is too great, and the potential damage ensures that you cannot alter the property. Still, it's worth checking if you can get planning permission.
Advantages and disadvantages of floor heating
Underfloor heating is very good, but not perfect. Here are the pros and cons of underfloor heating:
1. Improve energy efficiency - underfloor heating is 40% more efficient than radiators
2. Low maintenance cost - Underfloor heating usually comes with a lifetime warranty as repairs are rarely required
3. Can be installed almost anywhere - underfloor heating is often still possible, although older properties may have difficulties
4. Lets you centralize heating - with some systems, you can customize where the heating is targeted (for example, you can heat in the bathroom, but not in the kitchen)
5. Add value to your home - underfloor heating is a very sought-after feature for home buyers and will almost certainly help you sell your home for a higher price
6. Safer than radiators - no need to worry about toddlers scalding themselves or hitting the sharp edges of the radiator
1. High cost - Retro-installing underfloor heating is always more expensive than installing in a new building; this is especially true in older properties that require professional care
2. Destructive - if you install retrospectively, underfloor heating can cause a lot of upheaval in your home
3. Heating takes time – underfloor heating takes longer to heat a room than a fully heated radiator, but once heated, you can run longer and more efficiently than a radiator
4. Affects furniture - most furniture is absolutely fine, but be careful to place underfloor heating under items like kitchen utensils and cabinets (warming can cause food to spoil faster); other things like bathing won't work either
Does a heat pump need underfloor heating?
Heat pumps are a great eco-friendly alternative to gas boilers and can be used with underfloor heating like strawberries do with cream. Because heat pumps put out more energy than they absorb, and floor heating systems work better at lower temperatures, combining the two is a great way to reduce your energy bills.
Do heat pumps really need floor heating? Not always, but in some cases a combination may be required. When looking to install a heat pump, it may also be necessary to install underfloor heating if the heat pump cannot effectively heat the existing radiator.
Sometimes you also need to replace some (if not all) radiators in your home. When this happens, underfloor heating looks even more attractive!
Either way, if you're considering underfloor heating, we definitely recommend considering whether you can get a heat pump.
The popularity of floor heating
The popularity of underfloor heating has been rising rapidly over the years. According to a study by AMA Research, underfloor heating currently accounts for 7.7% of the heating industry.
What's more, with the widespread adoption of heat pumps (as gas boilers are phased out), underfloor heating will become more popular. The aforementioned study also predicts that the market will grow at a rate of 4-6% per year, so the industry needs to ensure that there are enough trained installers to meet the demand.
How environmentally friendly is underfloor heating?
Very. Underfloor heating requires much lower temperatures than radiators. This is because underfloor systems can distribute heating over a larger area, unlike radiators that need to heat a room from a relatively small surface area. And because they have less surface area, the heat sinks must then reach higher temperatures (and therefore use more energy).
When combined with a heat pump, underfloor heating becomes more environmentally friendly because the heat pump uses only electricity and ambient heat from the air or ground.
While the initial cost and installation work of underfloor heating may be prohibitive for some, the long-term benefits are worth it.
With underfloor heating, not only can you heat your home more efficiently, you can also gain that luxurious feel that can transform your home.
When you combine underfloor heating with a heat pump, your electricity bill will look healthier every month.
You don't need to worry about rising fuel costs, and you can rest easy knowing your carbon emissions will be much lower than with conventional boilers. It's a win-win situation!
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