Energy costs are a huge concern for many households. Any steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient will reduce your energy costs. Heating is one of the main contributors towards your energy bills, so we will look at how underfloor heating can help to reduce heating costs.
In a new build project, installing electric underfloor heating will be comparable to installing a central heating system.
The installation costs in a renovation project can vary. Generally electric underfloor heating is cheaper to install in refurbishments compared to water based systems, as there is no need to excavate the floor to install water pipes.
In the UK, gas is generally cheaper than electricity. However, when comparing the running costs of gas powered central heating and electric underfloor heating, you should think about how the systems work.
Gas central heating operates by heating the air in the room. The warm air then rises. In large rooms with high ceilings, it can take a long time to warm the room to a comfortable temperature. It also means that the ceiling area will be warmer than the rest of the room.
Electric underfloor heating operates using radiant heat. Rather than heating the air in the room, this system directly heats the people and objects in the room. This means that a comfortable temperature is reached quickly and efficiently, and far less energy is used.
Radiant heating produces almost instantaneous heat, assuming the correct insulation is used. The reduction in warm up times will help to cut your heating bills.
Gas based heating systems require regular safety checks, so maintenance costs can be high. For example, an annual boiler check can cost between £60 and £120. If the boiler has to be replaced, this could cost more than £1000.
By comparison, electric underfloor heating has no moving parts. Once it is installed, it is completely maintenance free.
With comparable installation costs, non-existent maintenance costs and a highly efficient method of heating the room, electric underfloor heating can result in significant savings on your energy bills.