If you have read the marketing brochures given out by an underfloor heating firm, or have been doing a little internet research, then you already know that underfloor heating is lauded as being one of the cheapest types of heating to run.
But how much does it really cost? Does the price of the installation give a good ROI in the long-term with regards to running costs? Which type of system is cheapest, wet of electric? We will answer these questions and more below.
Wet System Underfloor Heating Price
A wet or water-based system is the more expensive option when it comes to installation costs. However, it is also the cheapest to run and offers a great long-term ROI. Yet wet systems are not always the best choice, for a number of reasons including:
- Wet systems are best suited to larger buildings. The way that wet systems are installed, with heat pipes set in the actual concrete floor, means that they can be expensive to install in smaller rooms. Especially rooms which already have a low ceiling.
- Wet systems are best suited to buildings that are heavily occupied. In a building with many rooms that go unoccupied for long periods, wet heating may not give the best ROI. This is because wet underfloor systems are slow to respond in warming up a room once switched on, and it is tempting to leave empty rooms heated at all times, which increases running costs.
- Wet systems are best suited in buildings that are heated for long periods. Wet systems are very efficient, due to the excellent thermal memory of the floor they are embedded within. However, as mentioned above, they are slow to warm up rooms that have not been heated for some time. In a building where rooms are only heated intermittently, it will usually cost more to run a wet underfloor heating system, due to the inefficient way the heating is being managed.
Overall, wet systems can offer the best heat/energy efficiency, if they are used in the right way.
Electric System Underfloor Heating Price
Electric systems are the cheaper option when it comes to installation costs. However, they are less energy efficient than wet systems. Electric systems excel in certain situations, and these include:
- Electric systems are best suited to smaller buildings or those with many small rooms. This makes electric systems cheaper to install than a wet system in the same building.
- Electric systems are best suited for buildings which are often unoccupied. Electric underfloor heating is much more responsive than wet underfloor heating and can heat a room much quicker from cold.
Overall, in smaller buildings which often go unheated for long periods, then electric systems will be cheaper to install, and also potentially cheaper to run if managed efficiently.
Running Costs and Underfloor Heating Price
To understand how running cost differs between the two types of underfloor heating, wet and electric, it is important to know how they work.
- Wet systems rely on slowly warming a concrete floor, which then radiates the heat efficiently into the room. This is very energy efficient for rooms which are kept heated at all times.
- Electric systems rely on rapidly heating electric elements under the floor covering such as carpet or wood. This warm air is directed up into the room by a layer of installation beneath it.
Put simply, wet systems generate sustainable heat, electric systems generate quickly usable heat. A subtle difference.
Which Type of System Gives the Best Long-Term Underfloor Heating Price
In perfect circumstances, the energy efficiency of a wet underfloor heating system is very hard to beat. For example, heating a large sitting room that is occupied for most of the day. The long-term ROI on wet systems is exceptional in this kind of situation.
For smaller properties, with smaller rooms, then electric underfloor heating will cost a lot less to install, although it won’t offer the same level of energy efficiency as a wet system. In the long-term, until the energy savings of a wet system could have paid back the difference in the cost of installation, an electric system gives great ROI in a small property.
Is There Any Hidden Underfloor Heating Price?
There are no hidden costs when it comes to the price of installation and the running costs of both wet and electric underfloor heating.
However, there is one slight consideration when it comes to evaluating the lifetime value of wet and electric systems. Once installed, it is impossible to remove a wet underfloor heating system without breaking up the floors of the building. It becomes a permanent fixture of the building.
On the other hand, it is possible to simply pull up the matting that electric underfloor heating uses to lay down a matrix of heating elements. And although most people tend not to do this, there is always the option of removing the system and using it as part of another installation when you move home.
The Underfloor Heating Company London specialise in installing both wet and electric underfloor heating, and we can offer you the best underfloor heating price possible for your specific property. Contact us now on 020 3598 6301 so that we can price up an underfloor heating installation for your property, and help you learn more about long-term running costs.