The cost of installing underfloor heating depends on the type of heating you choose. There are two options to consider:
- A wet system
- A dry system
A wet system is one whereby hot water is pumped though piping underneath the floor. A dry system is one whereby heat is generated by a system of electrical coils installed underneath the floor. Whichever type of system you decide to go for, they both work on the principle that heat rises.
As well as the type affecting the cost of installing underfloor heating, the other thing that affects the cost is whether it is installed during the building of the property or after.
The cost of installing underfloor heating – wet system
The cost of installing underfloor heating using a wet system tends to be more expensive than a dry system, especially if the installation is carried out retrospectively. This is because the pipes carrying the water are by their very nature thicker than electrical wires. This means that they require more room, and in many cases, the floor level has to be re-laid.
One of the advantages with wet underfloor heating systems are that they distribute heat better over a larger floor area. Also, because they require lower temperature water than say, radiators, they tend to make hot water boilers more work more efficiently.
Whereas you can install dry underfloor heating yourself, this is not something you should attempt with wet underfloor heating. It involves the laying of water pipes and connecting them up to the boiler. It’s something that is better left to the underfloor heating installation London experts, CW Services Plumbing and Heating.
The cost of installing underfloor heating – dry system
Dry, electrical underfloor heating systems are cheaper to install than wet systems. There are two types of dry underfloor heating – electrical wires and pre-made mats. The pre-made mat type of heating is relatively easy to install; in fact it’s something that a keen DIY enthusiast can take on.
Although the cost of installing underfloor heating of the dry, electrical type is less expensive, it is generally more expensive to operate than a wet underfloor heating. Because of this they are more ideally suited to smaller surface areas.
Underfloor heating installation London experts – CW Services Plumbing and Heating
Whichever type of underfloor heating system you decide to install, you can call on underfloor heating installation London experts – CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Contact us for a free survey and quotation on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.